Real Estate - Northern Virginia
THE FIRM Reed Smith has considerable expertise in commercial leasing, land use development and zoning work. It has been particularly active with private office and residential work, and recently represented Gateway Holding in a joint venture for a two-phase apartment development. In other highlights, the team acted for Alexandria Waterfront Associates on the refinancing of a leasehold interest in the Torpedo Factory development.
Sources say: "The quality of their work is exemplary. The attorneys are gifted in this area of law and manage our cases with style and success."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Brennan is a key contact in the firm's Falls Church office. His practice covers commercial transactions, leasing and asset-based lending, and he is praised by clients for his detail-oriented and flexible approach.
David Houston comes highly recommended for his expertise in commercial leasing and retail transactions. He represents both landlords and tenants in connection with department stores, theaters, restaurants, in-line retail stores and lifestyle centers, among other types of project.
Benjamin Tompkins is described by clients as "supportive, easy to work with" and "great at navigating the quasi-political negotiations which are implicit in real estate transactions."
Michael Banzhaf "knows the land use business - he understands the politics and the personalities of the county decision makers, from the highest elected officials to the day-to-day staff members."
Robert Diamond is considered a "go-to guy" for condominium work in Northern Virginia.
Karen Fagelson is praised for her "ability to use real-world examples when explaining the potential impact of complex legal issues." Her commercial real estate practice encompasses PPP, mixed-use development acquisition, financing and leasing.