THE FIRM This preeminent firm provides a broad range of services to both medium and large-scale clients. The department is active in the development stages of new projects, assisting in securing financing and arranging for leasing of the end product. It includes one of the major land use and zoning groups in DC, handling clients' approval and entitlement needs. Recent highlights include advising Jamestown Properties on the acquisition of the iconic Madison Hotel.
Sources say: "A very solid firm with a lot of talented people."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Norman Glasgow has an outstanding reputation among both peers and clients, who claim he is "terrific – in terms of zoning and land use in DC there is no one better than him." He has been involved in the Hoffman Madison project of late, gaining approvals from the zoning commission for a 3,165,000 sq ft mixed-use development.
Whayne Quin is praised as "the dean of zoning." He recently advised Akridge on a mixed-use development near Union Station, and acted for McMillan on a mixed-use development at a 25-acre reservoir site.
Known as "the queen of leasing," Janis Boyarsky Schiff stands out for her expertise in retail leasing. She handles national deals for the biggest retail developers, shopping center owners and lenders. Clients agree that she is "indefatigable in terms of work ethic and responsibility to her client."
David Briggs has a well-established land use and zoning practice, focusing on condominiums, and is one of the few lawyers in DC to excel in tenants' rights. He has advised on building code processes and regulatory requirements for entitlements.
David Kahn is known as "one of the brightest people in Washington," with one client saying: "In terms of thoughtfulness and ability to provide different options, I haven't found anyone better in DC." Kahn has had a busy year in leasing, restructuring and financing matters, with highlights including representing Jamestown Properties in connection with the Madison Hotel.
David Silver has a diverse practice, tackling commercial leasing, development and financing. Clients note his connections and that he is "a world-class lawyer," and he is recommended for his responsive attitude toward clients.
Chad Tiedemann is renowned among peers for his development work. Clients appreciate his cost-effective and efficient service, and that he is "a relationship person who takes the time to get to know you."