Goulston & Storrs

Real Estate Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Significant capabilities across a broad range of real estate matters, including financing, development, acquisition and disposition. Highly regarded for its zoning and land use work, and considered a go-to practice for land entitlement, zoning and historic preservation matters. Works with major developers, entrepreneurs, investment funds and landlords, among others.

Strengths A client reports: "They draw on deep knowledge of current and evolving zoning and land use issues and bring this thinking to each assignment."

Work highlights Acted for Boston Properties on the $600 million development of a new world headquarters complex for Marriott International in Bethesda.

Notable practitioners


Allison Prince
comes recommended as "a top-notch attorney with a wide variety of experience," and is highly sought after to handle complex zoning matters. She is well equipped to deal with the development, land use and permitting aspects of major real estate projects


David Avitabile
is described by one interviewee as a real go-to lawyer in the market.” He is regularly called upon to handle zoning and land use matters for a client base including educational institutions and developers.


Jeff Utz
routinely represents his clients in zoning, permitting and development agreements before a range of DC government boards. An impressed client reports: "He brings a top level of critical thinking grounded in his knowledge of DC zoning, and a collaborative approach to resolving land use issues."


John Ratino
handles an array of real estate matters for developer, owner and REIT clients. His varied transactional expertise includes major development projects and property acquisitions.


Maureen Dwyer
's longstanding practice includes the handling of zoning and permitting matters arising from retail, hospitality and office projects.


Paul Tummonds
regularly handles the permitting, development and land use issues associated with residential, office and hotel projects. He is described as a practitioner who is “measured, smart and thoughtful.”


Wendelin White
maintains a broad transactional practice handling projects including office, residential and retail projects for a varied client base. One source considers her “a very talented lawyer,” while another describes her as “very knowledgeable, experienced and a good negotiator.”