Jennifer Bruton Named Partner-in-Charge of Venable’s Washington, DC Office

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WASHINGTON, DC (November 28, 2022) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Bruton, a partner in the Real Estate Practice, will succeed Brian L. Schwalb as partner-in-charge of the Washington, DC office. 

Stu Ingis, chairman of Venable, said, "Jennifer has already made innumerable contributions serving in multiple leadership roles in our Washington office and at the firm. I look forward to seeing all she will accomplish in her new role."

Commenting on her new role, Ms. Bruton said, "I am excited to take on this new position and continue to contribute to the firm's success in Washington."

Ms. Bruton is a real estate attorney representing clients in all aspects of sophisticated commercial real estate finance, acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing projects. She has significant experience in capital formation for real estate investments, including joint ventures, mezzanine financing, commercial loans and securitized financing transactions, EB-5 financing, and preferred equity transactions. She assists clients in the acquisition, development, and financing of a variety of real estate projects in multiple asset categories, including residential and commercial developments, office buildings, retail and shopping centers, and multifamily housing, and represents entrepreneurial and institutional investors. She also advises clients on DC's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act.

Ms. Bruton currently serves as chair of Women Attorneys at Venable (WAVe), whose mission is to improve the rate of retention, promotion, and advancement of women attorneys within the firm, and to increase the number and strength of women attorney applicants. She is also the administrative partner of Venable's DC office and a member of the firm's Opinion Letter Committee. Ms. Bruton formerly served as the hiring partner of the firm's DC office.


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and other individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' objectives in the United States and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit