Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Real Estate Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Solid capabilities across a range of commercial real estate transactions. Areas of expertise include acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leasing. Works with landlords, tenants, borrowers and lenders, among others.

Strengths One client says "they give both the legal and the practical and commercial advice," adding: "The team is terrific to work with and goes above and beyond in terms of client service."

A further source considers the team "absolutely excellent," noting: "They are highly professional and have a very deep bench - no matter who I work with there, they're good."

The group is "very articulate, thoughtful and extremely thorough," according to a further source.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of a joint venture between Brookfield Properties and Douglas Development in connection with the development and leasing of a 786,000 sq ft mixed-use project in Washington, DC.

Notable practitioners


Franz Rassman
comes recommended by one client as "trusted counsel with an incredible background of experience and very quick turnaround. He is sought out by clients for his depth of experience in high-value real estate matters involving leases, acquisitions, sales and developments.


Valerie Kelly
expertly handles a wide variety of real estate transactions for a client base which includes developers, investors and tenants. A pleased client highlights her “keen ability to think on her feet and provide valid and compelling arguments to ensure an outcome that is to our benefit.”