Title: Vice Chairman (Retired)
Company: Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Location: Reston, Virginia, United States
Lee Arthur Rau, Retired Vice Chairman at the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.
Drawing upon more than 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Rau is a prominent figure in the realms of law and community service. Most recently serving as the vice chairman of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 2009, he previously served the institution as the commissioner from 2002 to 2009. Prior to these illustrious roles, he was an associate and partner at Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Washington, DC, between 1972 and 2002, having formerly been involved in the appellate section of the United States Department of Justice from 1970 to 1972 and as a trial attorney in the evaluation section antitrust division of the United States Department of Justice from 1965 to 1966.
Equally passionate about his community, Mr. Rau was the chair of the Fairfax County High Rise Panel in 2006, which produced more than 1,000 units of affordable housing. Previously, he was the secretary and president of the Greater Reston Arts Center, on the board of directors of the Greater Reston Arts Center, a member of the regional council of the Fairfax-Falls Church United Way, and president and on the board of directors of Reston Interfaith, Inc. Likewise, he was secretary and on the board of directors of the Reston Foundation and on the executive and operations committees of the Fairfax-Falls Church United Way.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Mr. Rau pursued formal education at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business in 1962. He subsequently attended the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1965. He has since been admitted to practice law by the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia Bar and the California Bar, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Military Appeals.
Mr. Rau enlisted in the United States Army in 1966, serving as captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps through 1970. Affiliated with the D.C. Bar Association, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals throughout his career. As a testament to his professional success, he was given a Merit Citation from the Washington Post and Fairfax County Federation Civic Associations in 2006, a Best of Reston Award, and a Decorated Commendation with Oak Leaf Cluster. Notably, he was named Restonian of the Year in 1990.
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