WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2004) – The American College of Real Estate Lawyers has elected Venable LLPpartner Philip M. Horowitz as its President-Elect. Mr. Horowitz will serve a year as President-Elect beginning in January, and will take over the presidency in 2006. The College is widely regarded as the most prestigious organization for real estate attorneys in the United States.
“The College is, first and foremost, a great group of people,” said Mr. Horowitz. “I feel especially honored that the membership has chosen me as its President-Elect. I look forward to continuing my service and to working closely with Portia Morrison, the College's President in 2005.” Mr. Horowitz currently serves as Vice President of the College and as member of its Board of Governors.
Venable has eight members in the College, which has a national membership of only about 900 real estate attorneys. In addition to Mr. Horowitz, the other Venable members are David Belcher, Robert Gottlieb, Jan Guben, Russell Reno, Kevin Shepherd (member of Board of Governors), Stefan Tucker, and James Wright. Mr. Shepherd recently became chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section.
Venable managing partner James L. Shea said: “We’re very pleased that Phil has been chosen for the highest ranking role in the College. This is another extraordinary recognition of Venable’s leadership in the real estate law community, and an indication of Washington’s growth as a center of real estate development.”
A resident partner in Venable’s Washington office, Mr. Horowitz focuses his practice on property acquisition and development, commercial leasing and real estate financing.
Among other matters, he represented the Louis Dreyfus Property Group in connection with site acquisition and development of two of the most significant ongoing projects in Washington. The first is the 1.5 million square foot, three-building development adjacent to Union Station, the first two buildings of which will be the new headquarters for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Construction is nearing completion on the first building and well underway on the second building. The second project is the state-of-the-art Class A office building at 1101 New York Avenue, which will have Ernst & Young U.S. LLP as its anchor tenant. Both projects were designed by world-renowned architect Kevin Roche.
Mr. Horowitz also represents the Canadian Embassy in connection with construction of the Freedom Forum’s “Newseum” next door to the Embassy; Software AG, Inc. on its corporate headquarters lease in Reston, Virginia; and The Prime Rib restaurant in its negotiation of a new lease in Washington, D.C. He has also served as real estate counsel to the World Bank for 15 years.
Mr. Horowitz has been an adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Planning at Washington College of Law, The American University, for more than 15 years. He is a longtime board member and treasurer of Mentors, Inc., a nonprofit organization which creates one-on-one mentoring relationships and enrichment activities for D.C. public high school students to promote the students’ academic, career and personal development.
He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of theGeorgetown Law Journal.
Photo available upon request.
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.