Jennifer J. Bruton

Bruton Jennifer

Jennifer Bruton is a real estate attorney representing clients in all aspects of sophisticated commercial real estate finance, acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing projects. Jennifer 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. Jennifer also advises clients on DC’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act.

Jennifer serves as chair of WAVe, Women Attorneys at Venable, 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 partner-in-charge of Venable's Washington, DC office and a member of the firm's Opinion Letter Committee. Jennifer formerly served as the administrative partner and hiring partner of Venable's Washington, DC office.

Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer was an associate in the real estate and network group of the general counsel's office of a large telecommunications provider, where she concentrated on commercial leasing and telecommunications issues.


Representative Matters

  • Represented DC Central Kitchen in the negotiation of its headquarters lease at RiverPoint. The transaction was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as the “Best Lease of 2020"
  • Represented a regional developer in the acquisition, syndication, and financing of a $175,000,000 mixed-use development in Virginia, including securing a $131,250,000 acquisition loan. The development contains in excess of 500,000 square feet of retail space, 150,000 square feet of office space, and several hundred apartment units
  • Represented a regional developer in the acquisition, financing, and development of an 18-acre mixed-use development in Ward 7 of the District of Columbia, including with respect to eminent domain issues and TIF and EB-5 financing
  • Represented a Baltimore developer in more than $400,000,000 of construction and development financing
  • Represented a Maryland home builder in a $112,000,000 acquisition financing
  • Representation of a regional investor in the acquisition, financing, and sale of more than 40 triple-net (NNN) leased properties
  • Represented a New York–based developer in a $24,450,000 construction loan for a multifamily development, and in the related preferred equity investment
  • Represented a government contractor in the acquisition of its 165,000 square foot headquarters in Tysons, and in the later sale and leaseback of the headquarters




  • J.D. Wake Forest University School of Law 1997
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1993

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina (inactive)


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2014 – 2024
  • The Best Lawyers Business Edition, Women in the Law, Real Estate Law, 2017 – 2019
  • Washingtonian, Best Lawyers, Real Estate, 2018, 2020
  • Chambers USA, Up & Coming, Real Estate, Washington, DC, 2015 – 2016
  • Disability Rights Maryland, Legal Advocacy Award, 2019 (Earned for making significant contributions in advancing access to justice for people with disabilities in Maryland)


Pro Bono

  • Actively represents several clients through Venable’s pro bono program

Personal Activities

  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association