Neighbor Law (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Real Estate Law Practice (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 01/31/2024


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the September 2020 webcast, Neighbor Law.

Topics Covered

  • Gain a practical understanding of how to handle the difficult neighbor lurking in every neighborhood
  • Every Virginia attorney needs an overview of this area of the law
  • The seminar materials are an extremely valuable, condensed synopsis of the law that will be used over and over

Living in close proximity to one another brings out the best and the worst in all of us. When proximity means sharing the same patch of dirt or foundation, issues are bound to arise.

  • Can I trim my neighbor’s tree?
  • Do I have an easement on my neighbor’s property?
  • How can I get my neighbor to fix his deteriorating fence?
  • What can I do about my neighbor’s barking dog?

As an attorney, you have been asked these questions many times from family, friends, and clients. You even may have encountered these questions yourself when dealing with a neighbor. This course will teach you how to answer these and other related questions. Our faculty will explore the disputes that commonly arise between neighbors and suggest ways to gain resolution.

Learn what your client’s rights are and how alternative dispute resolution might save you and your client from a visit to the courthouse. “Neighbor law” is diffuse; it integrates a variety of types of law from real estate to torts and often requires a great deal of research to answer one question. This seminar will provide a great overview of practical advice on how to deal with neighbor issues.

Whether you are a residential or commercial real estate lawyer, municipal lawyer, general practitioner, in-house counsel, or the lawyer who occasionally fields questions about such issues from friends and family, this program will benefit you.


Dealing with Boundary Issues

  • Boundaries
  • Prescriptive easements
  • Adverse possessions
  • Fences

Disruptive Behavior Between Neighbors

  • Running ground water
  • Environmental contamination for neighbor’s land
  • Sight, air, and view blockage
  • Noise and light disturbance

Nuisance, Nudist, and Other Noisome Issues

  • Tree and shrub encroachment
  • Shared driveway
  • Animals and pets
  • Offensive sights
  • Issues of irresponsibility
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John C. Altmiller, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC / McLean
Michael E. Derdeyn, Flora Pettit / Charlottesville
E. Duffy Myrtetus, Eckert Seamans / Richmond


John C. Altmiller, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC / McLean
John C. Altmiller is a partner in the firm Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC in McLean. His practice is concentrated in real estate, real estate litigation, civil litigation, business law, landlord-tenant, collections, and contract law. He has tried cases in both federal and state courts, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, and has been lead counsel in over fifty circuit court trials. Mr. Altmiller graduated from Villanova University in 1988 and received his law degree from George Mason University in 1992. He is the former co-chair of the Real Estate Section of the Fairfax County Bar Association, and the former chair of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Attorney Roundtable. He has been a speaker at many continuing education seminars in the area of real estate, litigation, and ethics.

Michael E. Derdeyn, Flora Pettit / Charlottesville
Mike Derdeyn's practice focuses on the areas of litigation, general business law, and employment law. He also serves as general counsel to a number of local businesses.

Mr. Derdeyn’s litigation experience includes litigating claims for individuals and for businesses in state and federal courts in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, construction, employment, and landlord-tenant law. He has litigated and resolved matters involving partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secrets violations, fraud, business torts, defamation, tortious interference with contract, breach of contract, wrongful termination, discrimination, violations of the Uniform Commercial Code, violations of the Consumer Protection Act, real property disputes, and trust and estate matters, among others. He also has successfully handled numerous injunction actions for employers seeking to restrict competition by former employees. He has been reported in cases in the Virginia Supreme Court and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Mr. Derdeyn’s business law experience includes representing and providing legal advice to a number of local companies in a broad range of industries, including media and entertainments companies, automobile dealerships, construction companies, property managers, and developers. He advises his clients on shareholder and partner conflicts. He also provides contract drafting, contract negotiation and employment counselling services.

Mr. Derdeyn also devotes time to providing advice and litigation services to residential and commercial property owners in landlord-tenant matters.

E. Duffy Myrtetus, Eckert Seamans / Richmond

A highly experienced real estate, business transactions, and commercial litigation attorney, Duffy Myrtetus is a member of the firm resident in the Richmond office. His practice is principally centered on the representation of various parties involved in transactional and litigation matters related to the acquisition, sale, lease, financing, development, and operation of real property assets and interests.

Mr. Myrtetus maintains a diverse practice representing individual investors, institutional lenders and investors, developers, loan servicers, property managers, underwriters, brokers, and others in a wide variety of matters related to planning, entitlement, development, financing, mortgage banking, title claims, loan workouts, and related transactions and litigation. Additionally, his transactional practice includes commercial and residential settlements, tax credit financings, commercial and conduit loans, mortgage foreclosures, land use and planning, and mortgage lender servicing matters. He also has experience in commercial litigation matters including forfeiture proceedings, fraudulent conveyances, title claims, boundary line disputes, partition, construction disputes, and related claims. .

Mr. Myrtetus is a native of Miami, Florida, where he also maintains an active practice. He is admitted to all state and federal courts in Florida and Virginia, and is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, is the past chair of the Real Estate Section for the City of Richmond Bar Association, is a past president of the Out of State Practitioner’s Division of the Florida Bar, and currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.  He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized as one of Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite.

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