THE FIRM This firm commands an impressive degree of respect within the real estate market, both for the quality of its attorneys and for its consistently high standards of client care. The firm handles acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing, construction, land use and zoning for clients within Maryland and nationwide. The firm operates across an extremely diverse range of real estate areas, including commercial, retail, hotels, mixed-use, multifamily housing and public/private ventures. Notable clients include The Carlyle Group, Under Armour and Johns Hopkins University.
Sources say: "The partners are all talented lawyers and very responsive to client needs - an excellent firm and practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bethesda office managing partner Roger Winston is "the preeminent condominium lawyer in Maryland" and is also described as "just a pro in every way." He continues to represent the JBG Companies in mixed-use projects, including North Bethesda Market and the White Flint redevelopment.
The highly respected Mark Pollak enjoys an excellent practice in the construction of government facilities and is also a fine choice of counsel for city bond public finance transactions. He recently handled the $325 million refinancing of a primary credit facility on behalf of Under Armour.
Raymond Truitt is regarded by commentators as "one of the best attorneys in the state." He comes highly sought after to advise on high-profile national commercial development and financing work.
Jon Laria, managing partner of the Baltimore office, "is one of the go-to people in the state" for land use and zoning work, according to sources, who also view him as particularly adept at handling matters regarding high-end properties within Baltimore city. He is currently acting on behalf of WV Urban Developments on the $70 million 25th Street Station development, which involved obtaining one of the largest and most complex Planned Unit Developments in the city.