WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 27, 2003) – The American College of Real Estate Lawyers has elected Venable LLP partner Philip M. Horowitz as its Vice President. Mr. Horowitz will take the position in January for a calendar-year term.
With a total national membership of approximately 850 senior real estate attorneys, the College is arguably the most prestigious and selective membership organization for real estate lawyers in the United States. Nominees must meet strict selection criteria including recognition as a distinguished practitioner and real estate specialist with an outstanding reputation for excellence and integrity in the practice of law, and a substantial contribution to improving the practice of real estate law.
Venable has eight members in the College. In addition to Mr. Horowitz, the others are David Belcher, Robert Gottlieb, Jan Guben, Russell Reno, Kevin Shepherd (member of Board of Governors), Stefan Tucker and James Wright.
“My years of membership and involvement have been very rewarding and satisfying, and I’m looking forward to serving the membership as Vice President,” said Mr. Horowitz, who previously served as Secretary of the College and as a member of its Board of Governors. Mr. Horowitz also serves as chairman of the College’s Member Development Committee.
“The College sets the standard for the national real estate law community,” said Mr. Gottlieb, who chairs Venable’s real estate group in Washington. “We are thrilled that one of our own has been chosen for such a high-ranking position in this important organization.”
Mr. Horowitz, a resident partner in Venable’s Washington office, has a national practice of property acquisition and development, commercial leasing and real estate financing. Among other notable matters, he recently represented the Louis Dreyfus Property Group in connection with its development of a new headquarters for the Securities and Exchange Commission adjacent to Union Station. The three building development, the first two buildings of which will house the SEC, will contain more than 1.5 million square feet. The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2004.
Mr. Horowitz has also served as outside real estate counsel to the World Bank for more than a decade. Mr. Horowitz has been an adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Planning at Washington College of Law, American University, for more than 15 years. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973.
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