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    Arent Fox Real Estate Practice in Washington, DC Earns Top Ranking in 2010 Chambers USA

    June 16, 2010

    WASHINGTON, DC — JUNE 15, 2010 — Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce that its Washington, DC real estate practice has once again been honored with a Tier 1 ranking in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA, one of the premier directories in the legal profession. This marks the sixth consecutive year Arent Fox's Washington, DC, real estate practice has earned a Tier 1 ranking from the prestigious legal guide.

    “This firm has a long-standing, stellar reputation for real estate matters. The deep team handles the full range of issues, including developments, sales, acquisitions and workouts,” writes Chambers USA. “Of late, it has been handling a number of matters for Sunrise Senior Living, such as advising on its sale of 21 assisted living communities to an affiliate of Brookdale Senior Living. Other notable clients include Abdo Development, Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds and Monument Realty.”

    A source quoted by Chambers USA said of Arent Fox, "It gives incredibly high-quality legal advice, and is strategically outstanding."

    A number of attorneys in the firm's real estate team were singled out for individual recognition as well.

    Firm Chairman Mark M. Katz “is highly regarded for his work on behalf of investment banks and private equity funds, handling acquisitions, developments and dispositions throughout the USA and the Caribbean.”

    Partner Richard Newman is praised for “the creativity of his approach and his impressive negotiation skills.” His real estate and financing practice focuses on low-income housing and municipal finance.

    Partner Ed Rogers is “a highly capable lawyer who is regularly involved in some of the more interesting transactions.” He handles a range of real estate development and financing work, with a particular emphasis on matters involving large-scale and mixed-use projects. He has been advising BPG Properties on the leasing issues associated with a new lifestyle center development.

    Debra Yogodzinski “maintains an excellent reputation for her practice representing owners, developers, investors and financial institutions.” She recently acted for Monument Realty in its property dispute with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

    Michael Leahy's “wide-ranging real estate practice covers sales and acquisitions, developments and financing and exchange matters. He is also noted for his ability to structure complex joint ventures.”

    ElChino Martin's government background “gives him very good political insight - he's a big-name guy.” His areas of focus include tax increment financing matters, industrial revenue bond financings and affordable housing projects. He has recently been advising Specialty Hospitals of America on its purchase and redevelopment of United Medical Center.

    Kimberly Wachen is highly skilled in commercial real estate and leasing transactions. “She is lauded for her expertise in hotels, resorts and senior living facilities,” writes Chambers USA.

    Published annually by London-based Chambers and Partners, Chambers USA is widely recognized for its objective, interview-based research and ranking system of attorneys and practice areas. Editors and researchers speak to a vast range of lawyers and clients before making their final decisions on which attorneys and practice groups to include in this prestigious legal guide. Greater weighting is given to the views of the clients. All interviews are conducted purely for research purposes and are entirely confidential. Accordingly, this year’s directory and the firm’s high rankings are a powerful testament to Arent Fox’s commitment to superior client service and legal excellence.