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Washington, DC - Venable is pleased to announce that its lease at 575 Seventh Street, NW was recently named Best Office Lease/Urban for 2001 in the Washington Business Journal's annual Best Real Estate Deals of the Year awards. Venable will occupy more than 240,000 square feet in the Terrell Place development project when it moves in the fall of 2003. CarrAmerica Urban Development, LLC, the project's developer, acknowledged that Venable's lease was the key to bringing the project together.

Terrell Place, located across F Street from the MCI Center, will consist of three connected components: the historic former Hecht's building, adjoined to the south along Seventh Street by a new 9-story building incorporating historic facades, and connecting to the east, a new 11-story building fronting F Street. Venable's offices will extend across all three components.

"We are proud and excited to be moving into this unique building," said Bill Coston, managing partner of Venable's Washington, D.C. office. "Terrell Place has a special standing in Washington's civic and commercial history. We think it will be an excellent home to Venable's growing practice and an effective location for us to continue to serve the community and our clients."

Terrell Place is named in honor of Mary Church Terrell, a civil rights activist who in the 1950s led the fight to desegregate DC's restaurants. One of Mrs. Terrell's most well-know protests occurred in front of Hecht's department store on Seventh Street.

Venable's Washington, DC office is the firm's largest, with over 200 lawyers. In addition to Washington, DC the firm has offices in Vienna, Virginia, and Baltimore, Rockville, and Towson, Maryland

One of the American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms, Venable LLP has attorneys practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. Venable serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in California, Maryland, New York and Virginia. For more, visit www.Venable.com.