Allen C. Tanner, Jr.

As one of the most respected and accomplished Real Estate attorneys in the Tidewater area, Allen has handled thousands of residential and commercial transactions in over 35 years of practice. A lifelong resident of Newport News, he is well known for his commitment to both the community and his peers. Allen has dedicated his career to making buyers, sellers and agents comfortable with all aspects of the real estate closing process. He represents many local builders, mortgage companies and banks in handling their real estate needs and facilitates their specific transactions. He is frequently called to serve as an expert witness in local courts to provide his insight in disputed real estate matters. His motto is “always have a lawyer at the closing table.”

Educational and Professional Background

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A. (1972)
  • The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (1975)

Activities and Affiliations

  • Newport News Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors – Attorney/Realtor Task Force
  • VPAR Affiliate of the Year, 1997
  • Virginia State Bar, Real Property Section – Area Representative
  • Cenit Bank/ SouthTrust Bank, Peninsula Director (2001–2005)
  • TowneBank, Peninsula Director (2006–Present)
  • TowneBank Financial Services Group, Director (2006–2014)
  • Peninsula SPCA – Board of Directors (1978–2014)
    • President (2004–2006)
    • Director Emeritus (2006–Present)
  • Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors, Charitable Foundation – Treasurer (2005–2013)
  • James River Association, Board of Directors (2007–Present)
  • Board of Advisors, The Rams Club, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008–Present)
  • Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008–2012)
  • James River Country Club, Board of Directors,  President
  • Golf Museum, Trustee, James River Country Club (2009-2013)
  • Hampton Roads Transit Authority – Commissioner (2011 – Present)


  • Conducts contract writing seminars and Night Courts for Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors
  • Speaker – Virginia State Bar Real Property Section Advanced Real Estate Seminar on RESPA
  • Speaker – Virginia State Bar Forums for the Real Property Section