Jonathan M. Zator

Jonathan Zator

Jonathan Zator focuses his practice on complex matters related to land use and zoning law. Throughout the region, Jonathan advises developers and landowners on various land use and zoning applications to help them achieve approval of site plans, site plan amendments, administrative changes, rezonings, comprehensive sign plan amendments, use permits, and special exceptions. He also assists clients on leasing matters and complex easement agreements.

In his practice, Jonathan draws on his experience as a staff attorney in the North Carolina General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division. In that role, he analyzed legislation referred to the House Local Government Committee on Land Use, Planning, and Development by identifying and summarizing the impact on existing statutes, case law, and agency policies. He also advised legislators on matters involving land use, planning, zoning, permit choice, vested rights, and development agreements, and approvals.

Jonathan has further experience as a judicial clerk in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where he drafted appellate opinions and bench memos on a variety of matters, including commercial real estate deals, occupancy-level misrepresentation, and third-party beneficiaries. Prior to law school, Jonathan taught middle school science as a Teach for America corps member.




  • J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law 2019
    • Executive editor, First Amendment Law Review
    • Parliamentarian, Holderness Moot Court
    • Teaching assistant, Advanced Appellate Advocacy
    • Law clerk, Library of Congress
    • Leadership Award, Susie Sharp Inn of Court, 2019
    • James W. Morrow III Award for Outstanding Service, Holderness Moot Court, 2019
    • Client Counseling Top 10 Award, Holderness Moot Court, 2017
  • B.S. Resource Economics magna cum laude University of Connecticut 2014

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Clerk Experience

  • The Honorable Hunter Murphy North Carolina Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Northern Virginia Chapter, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Member, Real Property Law Section, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section, District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Arlington County Bar Association