Washington DC Area Commercial Real Estate & Bankruptcy Attorney

Samuelson Law at a glance:
  • Samuelson Law is a boutique law firm that focuses upon handling commercial real estate and technology transactions, bankruptcies, and related litigation. Its niche is restructuring distressed commercial real estate and LLC's, including workouts, restructurings, bankruptcies and lease-backs.

  • This firm’s real estate and bankruptcy work includes (a) in the good times - acquisitions, joint development agreements and easements, leases (including air rights, ground, interior space, tower, rooftop, and governmental leases), subleases and licenses, and financing structures; and (b) in the bad times - workouts, foreclosures, landlord/tenant renegotiations and evictions, and bankruptcies (including single asset real estate and Chapter 11’s). Its clients are primarily real estate developers, small businesses (including franchisees), investors, non-profits, trade associations, health care providers, and tech start-ups.

  • This firm's technology work includes forming LLCs and negotiating joint development, teaming, subcontracts, licensing, employment, non-compete, confidentiality, and outsourcing agreements.

  • Its philosophy is to try to resolve bankruptcies and other disputes, as much as possible, amicably through negotiations, from a long-term planning point of view. However, Ken Samuelson was an Assistant Attorney General. This firm litigates as and when necessary and appropriate whenever such negotiations fail.

  • Its founder, Ken Samuelson, is admitted to practice in DC, MD, NY, and VA and before the following U.S. District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts: DC, MD, and Eastern District of Virginia.

  • Ken has over 30 years of experience as lead counsel, including representing various Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, as well as start-ups and small businesses.

  • Ken was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and is in Who's Who in American Law. He was a member of the governing Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, of the American Bar Association, and Co-chair of its Technology Committee, for years. He has authored numerous articles and presented numerous programs, including before the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., the American Inns of Court, and the American Bar Association.

  • Samuelson Law is a virtual, networked law firm, which means that (a) EACH OF ITS ADDRESSES IS ONLY A MAIL BOX, AND ALL WORK IS PERFORMED AT A HOME/OFFICE OR IN CONTRACT OFFICE SPACE; and (b) it teams with colleagues from other law firms (most of whom are or were similarly-situated former partners of large law firms) with whom Ken has worked over the years, when and as needed for depth or specialization.

  • Ken has been rated "AV Preeminent" (the highest rating), for each of the past 20 years, by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in “Super Lawyers” for the past 2 years.

  • Samuelson Law handles certain matters on a fixed fee or partially contingent fee basis, and accepts VISA and MasterCard.

  • Issues Samuelson Law is currently working on: (a) in commercial real estate and bankruptcies – lender’s and landlord’s implied duties to mitigate their damages, whether covenants of a commercial lease are always independent despite the landlord’s gross misconduct causing the tenant’s breach, whether a government may condemn a leasehold estate to make way for a commercial redevelopment that includes badly-needed subsidized housing, and implementing cramdowns in bankruptcy single asset real estate cases; and (b) in technology transactions – whether requiring a covenant not to compete or confidentiality agreement, or entering into a no poaching agreement, may backfire no matter how narrowly that covenant or agreement is drawn.