Ria M. Williams
Ria regularly advises clients in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing, including taxable and tax-exempt municipal and private placement bond financing, and disposition of commercial real estate projects across the United States. Ria’s clients range from major publicly-traded real estate investment trusts specializing in the acquisition and operation of premium-brand hotels, to nonprofit organizations in the defense, medical, educational and public media industries, seeking to obtain tax-exempt bond financing for their real estate projects, to owners, investors, and managers of retail shopping centers and multi-family residential properties. Ria also represents lenders in large, complex multi-property portfolio financings.
Ria’s experience includes advising clients during the due diligence process regarding the risks associated with each transaction, as well as reviewing, negotiating, and preparing purchase and sale agreements, conveyance and loan documents, and other deal-specific instruments, documents, and agreements, as necessary.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, Ria was a pro bono law clerk at a large law firm headquartered in Washington, DC. She practiced pro bono litigation exclusively and provided direct pro bono legal services to indigent clients in the areas of family law, domestic violence, and public benefits.
During law school, Ria worked as a research assistant and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Alexander Williams of the US District Court for the District of Maryland.
Publications, Presentations, and Recognitions
In 2015, Ria was honored with Bisnow’s Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award that recognizes the DC area’s top young attorneys who have distinguished themselves with “exceptional performance and potential.”