Meet Lamar

Mr. Garren is of counsel to the firm. He began his career in Baltimore at Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) where he became a partner and member of the Commercial Litigation, Commercial Finance & Real Estate, and Antitrust and Trade Regulation Groups. He and his family returned to Charlottesville where he has continued to focus on business transactions and controversies.

Mr. Garren has handled litigation in the state and federal courts of Virginia and Maryland, including commercial litigation representations emphasizing high risk real estate, commercial and secured lending, and product distribution controversies. He has represented financial institutions, mortgage lenders, owners, developers, title insurance underwriters and agents in disputes involving purchase and development agreements, foreclosures, title disputes, land use controversies, construction claims, real estate transactions and lender liability. In addition to courtroom litigation, he has represented clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings, particularly in connection with construction, franchise, and real estate matters.

Mr. Garren’s business practice has included: representation of entrepreneurs in the acquisition and sale of, and investment in, small businesses; representation of trademark holders and owners of other intellectual property in licensing agreements and disputes; and representation of motor vehicle dealers and others in matters related to business torts, trade secrets, trademark and patent disputes, government contracts and consumer protection matters.

Principal Areas of Practice:

  • Collections Law


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (Virginia Law Review Editorial Board), 1979
  • B.S., (with high honors), West Georgia College, 1976


  • Virginia State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Virginia Supreme Court