Venable Adds Leading Real Estate Partners Michael Pickett and Thomas Klanderman to its DC and Tysons Offices

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WASHINGTON, DC (February 20, 2020) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two high-profile real estate partners to its growing national Real Estate Practice – J. Michael Pickett and Thomas C. Klanderman. Mr. Pickett, formerly a partner in the real estate practice at Morgan Lewis, will split his time between the firm’s Washington, DC and Tysons offices. Mr. Klanderman, also previously a partner at Morgan Lewis, will be based in the firm’s DC office. In addition, Bryan J. Hoynak is joining as counsel and Noah M. Tischler is joining as an associate in the DC office.

Thomas (Ted) Millspaugh, national chair of Venable's Real Estate Practice, said, "We are delighted that Michael and Thomas will be joining our team. They are long-standing leaders in the world of real estate transactions, both in the mid-Atlantic region and nationally. And they have provided a very broad range of services for a sterling base of clients, who themselves are leaders in the industry. They will fit in nicely and complement the group extremely well."

Mr. Pickett counsels clients on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. These include single-asset and portfolio sales and acquisitions, equity investments, joint ventures, financings for borrowers and lenders, and real estate debt restructurings. Among Mr. Pickett's clients are real estate developers, REITs, investors and operators, banks and other financial institutions, and pension and other fund advisers.

Commenting on his move to Venable, Mr. Pickett said, "We are very honored and excited to be joining Venable's long-established, top-notch real estate practice. We feel that our practices will integrate naturally within Venable’s platform and that we will be able to bring an even broader real estate and finance skill set to our clients."

Mr. Klanderman's practice encompasses all facets of commercial real estate, specializing in complex development transactions, joint venture arrangements, ground lease transactions, acquisitions and sales, borrower- and lender-side finance work, and hotel franchise and management arrangements across the range of asset types. Mr. Klanderman counsels national and regional developers, financial institutions, equity investors, owners, and operators.

Commenting on his move to Venable, Mr. Klanderman said, "Venable's national real estate practice offers top talent, a wide range of expertise, and a deep bench that we are confident will be a great asset to our clients. We are thrilled by the opportunity to join this premiere group."

Mr. Hoynak advises real estate developers, owners, and investors in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, financing, joint ventures, development, and leasing. He also has experience assisting clients with syndicated corporate loan transactions.

Mr. Pickett received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989, and his B.A. from DePauw University in 1986. Mr. Klanderman received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1986. Mr. Hoynak received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2010, and his B.A. from Dickinson College in 2007. Mr. Tischler received his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2015, and his B.A. from Temple University in 2012.


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