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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2012
    Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Certificate in Business and Public Policy, 2012
    Senior Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law
    Communications Editor, RegBlog
  • A.B., Economics, Princeton University, 2007
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Jean Yin Crews

Associate

Jean Crews is an associate in Venable's Real Estate Practice Group. Her practice includes commercial real estate finance, acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing. Jean assists clients by drafting and reviewing contracts of all types, including leasing and loan documents. She has experience in GSA leases and is particularly experienced in shepherding deals, irrespective of complexity, from start to finish. Her attention to detail, practicality, judgment, and thorough understanding of the real estate industry are invaluable assets to her clients.

Jean has represented commercial developers, institutional lenders, individuals, landlords, tenants, and owners and operators of real property in a wide variety of transactions spanning office, retail, multi-family, industrial, and mixed-use properties.

During law school, Jean worked as a teaching assistant for a real estate law class at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Jean worked as an investment banking analyst in mergers and acquisitions.

Significant Matters

Notable transactions in which Jean has assisted clients include the following:
  • Representation of Marriott International as tenant in the development and leasing of a new headquarters site in downtown Bethesda, MD, to include an office building and flagship hotel. Key member of team leading negotiations and drafting deal documents in all aspects of the transaction, including construction, development, and leasing.
  • Representation of Fannie Mae as tenant in the development and leasing of a new headquarters building in downtown Washington, DC totaling over 700,000 square feet. Key member of team that led negotiations and drafted deal documents for Fannie Mae in all aspects of the transaction, including construction, development, and leasing. This transaction was a finalist for the Washington Business Journal's "Best Real Estate Deal of the Year" in 2015.
  • Representation of Fannie Mae as tenant in the development and leasing of a new office location in Plano, TX consolidating three Dallas-area offices into a roughly 330,000 square foot property developed to meet Fannie Mae's specifications. This transaction was named "Best Office Lease" of 2015 by D Magazine, a Dallas news and lifestyle magazine.
  • Representation of a developer in connection with the redevelopment of a multi-block property in Washington, DC into a mixed-use building with underground parking, street-front retail, and residential units. Key member of team that created a condominium regime for the development and negotiated and secured construction financing and additional private investment.
  • Representation of an individual with significant holdings in ground-leased properties across Maryland and Virginia, handling purchases (in some cases utilizing like-kind exchanges), sales, financings, and tenant matters.
  • Representation of an investment management group in connection with the purchase and financing of a retail shopping plaza in Fairfax County, VA involving a land condominium regime.
  • Representation of a private investment group in connection with the purchase of an office building in Washington, DC, secured by senior and mezzanine financing.

Activities

Jean is active in Venable's recruiting and hiring program and is a former coordinator of the firm's summer associate program. She is also an active member of WAVe (Women at Venable) and is a participant in the 2017 LCLD (Leadership Council on Legal Diversity) Pathfinder Program. Jean volunteers at her alma mater, Princeton University, by participating in alumni-led interviews for the admissions office and serves as an alumni class officer of her Princeton class.