Given their geographic proximity, it is perhaps not surprising that there is significant overlap in Washington, D.C., and Virginia’s law of contracts. Both jurisdictions are common law jurisdictions, and frequently rely on the Restatement (Second) of Contracts, though D.C. is more likely to turn to the Restatement than is Virginia, which has a longstanding, well-developed body of contract law. There are many areas, however, where D.C. and Virginia’s contract law differ. This article provides an overview of contract law in each jurisdiction, paying close attention to the similarities and differences between the two.
Reprinted with permission of the Virginia State Bar.