More than 65 attorneys and paralegals focused on real estate transactions

Counsel to one-third of publicly held REITs in America

More than 35 attorneys focused on land use and environmental law

Four members of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Current and past leadership of:

    ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

    American College of Real Estate Lawyers


Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2011 - 2017 

    Tier 1 Real Estate Law (National; Baltimore; DC)

    Tier 1 Litigation - Real Estate (National)

    Tier 1 Eminent Domain and Condemnation (Baltimore)

    Tier 1 Land Use and Zoning Law (Baltimore)

    Tier 1 Litigation - Land Use and Zoning (Baltimore)

Ranked among the nation's top firms for Real Estate in Legal 500

Attorneys with top rankings by

    Best Lawyers in America

    Chambers USA

    Legal 500



    Acquisition and disposition


    Construction contracts

    Environmental concerns

    Hotel management agreements

    Joint ventures

    Like-kind exchanges

    Public-private partnerships

    Stock purchase agreements



    Build-to-suit transactions


    Ground leases


    Retail and restaurant





    Mezzanine financing

    Mortgage lending/borrowing


    Securitized lending

    Strategies for dealing with distressed real estate

    Tax-exempt bonds

    Tax increment financing

    Tax planning for real estate transactions

Real estate related taxes

    PILOT agreements

    Recordation and transfer tax planning

    Tax exemptions

Zoning and land use






Hospitality companies



Life insurance companies

Pension funds

Property managers




Telecom and utility companies



Biotech laboratories



Industrial properties

Mixed-use urban land development

Multi-family housing

Office buildings

Residential communities

Retail properties

Shopping centers

Telecommunications facilities


Construction Law

Venable lawyers work with the construction industry’s leading players on all types of matters. We represent owners, contractors, consultants, sponsors, insurers and financiers. Our practical, hands-on understanding of our clients’ businesses is our core strength and has proven critical to our success.

Our lawyers have experience in all stages of the life-cycle of construction projects, from initial financing and structuring to preparing bidding documents; negotiation of contracts with architects, engineers, contractors, consultants and others; contract administration; dealing with casualties during construction or operations; dispute resolution; and completion. We have developed custom forms of agreement for the various types of contract structures which our clients may consider (e.g., lump sum, design/build, construction management and management contracting). We are also leaders in understanding how Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other green issues impact projects and legal agreements.


  • Represented Rapoca Energy in negotiations with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) culminating in a $108 million contract with Rapoca’s successor, Bizzack Construction, LLC, to design and build the 6.2-mile U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase 2 in Buchanan County, Virginia. The contract is notable for its use of “coal synergy,” a delivery system that substantially reduces road building costs.
  • Represented the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). Such work recently included the World Bank’s leasing of an entire office building in Washington, DC’s central business district to the United States of American acting through the General Services Administration (GSA) for use by the State Department. Such transactions involved negotiation of a complex long-term lease for over 463,000 square feet of space between a sovereign state and an international organization during a challenging political environment for federal government leasing.
  • Represented OTO Development LLC in connection with an acquisition and construction financing loan in the amount of $74,400,000 for the construction of a Hampton Inn in Times Square.
  • Represented a museum owner in negotiating $90 million cost plus guaranteed maximum price contract to construct a new museum in Washington, DC.
  • Represented a prominent private equity company’s hotel division in negotiating agreements for procuring architecture, engineering, construction, construction management, and interior design services for its nationwide portfolio, counseling client on claim and dispute resolution and representing client in litigation.
  • Prepared and negotiated the construction management agreement in connection with the design and construction of a $400 million ethanol and cogeneration plant in the Caribbean. Venable prepared and negotiated the EPC contract and CMA on behalf of the project’s owner.
  • Represented Jazz at Lincoln Center regarding all aspects of the design, construction, and financing of a $200 million performance facility in Time Warner Center, a large-scale mixed-use condominium project in New York City, including issues relating to a fire and related water damage to adjacent units during construction.
  • Represented the New York Public Library with respect to the numerous renovation projects at its landmark main building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the construction of the Bronx Library Center, and many other construction projects at its branch libraries and other facilities.