Arent Fox Real Estate Practice in Washington, DC, Earns Top Ranking in 2012 Chambers USA

Fri, 2012-07-13 15:45

WASHINGTON, DC — JUNE 11, 2012 — Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce that its Washington, DC Real Estate Practice has once again been honored with a Band 1 ranking in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA, one of the premier directories in the legal profession. This marks the eighth consecutive year Arent Fox’s Washington, DC, Real Estate Practice has earned a Band 1 ranking from the prestigious legal guide.

“This vibrant real estate practice has extensive expertise, ranging from acquisitions to joint ventures. The group’s core areas of focus include the leisure and hospitality industry, sports arenas and senior living facilities. It also advises major lenders on the investment and financing of real estate projects. The firm has developed long-lasting relationships with developer and contractor clients, thanks to its ability to provide both business and legal advice,” writes Chambers USA. “It provides key advice to Marriott International on transactions in the real estate and hospitality sectors.”

A source quoted by Chambers USA said of Arent Fox, “Skilled professionals with deep knowledge of DC real estate and surrounding matters.”

A number of attorneys in the firm’s Real Estate team were singled out for individual recognition as well.

Firm chair Mark M Katz is well known for his work for major real estate funds,” writes Chambers USA. “He also advises major lenders on financing, and has been involved in joint venture transactions. Clients note that he is ‘a great resource, with good general market knowledge.’”

Sources quoted by Chambers USA regard Richard Newman as “the go-to guy for DC bonds” and say “it is impossible to think of another lawyer who represents the private side of bond deals with his level of expertise.”

According to sources quoted by Chambers USA, Kimberly Wachen has a “glowing reputation in DC.” Chambers USA adds, “She is strong in the hospitality sector, and has also been active in portfolio transactions for senior living facilities. Her highlights include advising a major manufacturer on the construction and development of a facility.”

“Due to his laid-back approach and ability to provide practical counsel,” Chambers USA writes, “Michael H Leahy is recommended as the ‘consummate deal partner.’” Michael is also “actively engaged in commercial real estate transactions, and notably represents long-standing client Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.”