Real Estate Counselors, PLLC

Real Estate Counselors, PLLC is a boutique commercial real estate law which focuses solely on commercial real estate law. With offices in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York, we offer state-of-the art quality at value prices.

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Firm Overview

Real Estate Counselors is a boutique commercial real estate law firm with offices in northern Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, Maryland; and New York City. The attorneys at the firm have had careers with some of the best and most prestigious law firms and corporations in the country before joining the firm.

Each of our attorneys is an experienced commercial real estate practitioner, having served in some of the top law firms and leading corporations in the country. We have represent clients in complex leasing negotiations, including medical and other offices (including governmental leases), warehouses, shopping centers, and . We have represented institutional lenders in financing projects up to $100 Million. We also have substantial experience in preparing and negotiating contracts for the sale and purchase of real estate and in assisting with the purchase and sale of businesses. We also have represented builders in preparing contracts to comply with local regulations.


We focus on value, and our competitive fee structure often allows us to offer lower costs to our clients.

We strive to provide quality service at prices that are often substantially less than that of many of the major law firms.

Our attorneys have represented national companies and local owners of businesses.

We don't prepare wills, litigate in court, or give advice on patent or bankruptcy law. We focus on what we know and what we do best: the laws of commercial real estate and business.
Main Office

Bethesda, Maryland
4520 East West Highway
Suite 700
Bethesda  MD  20814

Phone
  • (240) 252-3386
Fax
  • (240) 465-1188

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

No charge for initial phone consultation

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We are pleased to offer fixed rate reviews of leases and contracts. We can divide projects into segments to keep fees to a minimum.

Hourly Rates

$385/ hour

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30-6, Monday to Friday; Weekends by appointment

Emergency After Hours

Yes

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Each of our attorneys is experienced in commercial real estate law. We focus on staying up-to-date on new developments and providing our clients with cutting edge representation at a lower price than many of our competitors. How do we do it? By keeping overhead low and only using experienced attorneys. You won't see fancy art in our offices or inexperienced attorneys getting their training on your matters. What you will see is no-nonsense quality skills put to work at often a fraction of the price of what you might expect.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our focus on Commercial Real Estate Law, our competitive prices, and our substantial expertise in one area of the law distinguish our firm. We don't try to be all things to all people. We practice one area of the law, and we do it well. Our fees are well below that of partners in the larger firms in our region. For example, our attorneys generally bill at $385/ hour, and we are open to creative billing arrangements, including flat fees and segmented billing.

Steven Loewy


Head of Bethesda, Maryland office of Real Estate Counselors, LLC, a regional boutique commercial real estate law firm, with offices in New York City, Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. More than 30 years as commercial real estate attorney, including experience as partner of a 100+ lawyer firm; and former in-house counsel to regional shopping center developer.

Extensive experience as counsel to institutional lenders and investors involving dozens of conventional and construction loans secured by commercial real estate and business assets, including loans involving shopping center development, apartment complexes, sale-leasebacks, condominium development, office buildings, and industrial properties.

Drafted and negotiated state-of-the-art office, retail, and warehouse leases, purchase and sale agreements; and loan workout documents.

PAST MEMBERSHIPS, ARTICLES:

Member, Advisory Council, The Legal Description, leading national publication covering title insurance issues

Chair, "Real Estate Leases and Technology," Maryland Hi-Tech Annual Conference.

Lecturer, National Homebuilders Association Seminar, Vail, Colorado.
Chair, Committee on Title Insurance, American Bar Association. Program Chairman at ABA Annual Meeting and at ABA Mid-Year Meeting.

Member, Education Appeal Board, U.S. Department of Education.

Member, Transportation Appeal Board, Maryland Department of Transportation.

Consultant, The Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI), American Bar Association. Chair of ad hoc group to comment on draft law affecting property rights in Romania.

Member, Commercial Leasing Committee, American Bar Association. Seminar speaker at ABA Mid-Year Meeting. Member, Executive Subcommittee.

Vice Chairman, Committee on Brokers and Brokerage, American Bar Association. Seminar speaker at ABA Annual Meeting.

Lecturer, National Business Institute. Topics: "Maryland Foreclosure Law," "Commercial Leases," "Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Maryland," and "Maryland Titles and Surveys."

Lecturer, Maryland Institute for the Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL).
Topic: "Fundamentals of Real Estate Practice" and "Residential Real Estate."

Adjunct lecturer, University of Baltimore School of Law.

Co-author, "Indoor Pollution in Commercial Buildings: "Legal Requirements and Emerging Trends," 11 Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal 239 , reprinted in 3 University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law 29.

2-page feature profile in 'Working It Out,The Baltimore Sun.

Co-author, "Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements" (Chapter 4 in Construction Renovation Formbook) (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).

"Federal Regulation of Real Estate Brokers," Probate & Property.

Co-author, "Design-Build Creates Glitches for Builders and Contractors," The Daily Record.

Co-author, "Restrictive Covenants in Maryland Employment Agreements: A Guide for Drafting," 11 University of Baltimore Law Review 377.

SELECTED CHARITABLE WORK: National Children
License
  • Bar Number: N/A
    Maryland , 1980
  • Bar Number: N/A
    District of Columbia , 2004
Education
  • Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University)
    J.D. , 1979
  • Washington University (St. Louis)
    B.A. , 1974
    Major: Philosophy

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