Kenneth L. Samuelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Washington, DC

Samuelson Law, LLC
 | 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., # 417
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-494-0848
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (50%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (20%),
  • Closely Held Business (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Technology Transactions (10%)
Attorney Profile

Kenneth L. Samuelson is the founder of Samuelson Law, LLC, based in Washington, D.C. He focuses at the intersection of commerical real estate and bankruptcy, including handling transactions (such as acquisitions, financings, and ground and space leases), single asset real estate and Chapter 11 bankruptcies, and related litigation (such as LLC member disputes and dissolutions, breaches, and injunctions).  Most of his clients are developers, large tenants, and small businesses in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland, and northern Virginia. Mr. Samuelson is licensed to practice law in those 3 jurisdictions and NY.

He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  He served as an Assistent Attorney General for the State of Maryland.  He has given programs before the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, the American Bar Association, the DC Bar, the Maryland Bar Association and numerous trade groups and has written numerous articles for the American Bar Association and other organizations.  He was a member of the governing Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association, and was the Co-Chair of its Technology Committee, for years.

He has attained the highest rating of AV Preeminent* from the peer review group Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law and Tiber’s Who’s Who in Washington. He was also included in the 2012 edition of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore’s Top-Rated Lawyers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

He has an AVVO rating of 10.0 (Superb) and has been the subject of biographies in Marquis Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in Washington, DC.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Real Estate (50%): Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale

Bankruptcy (20%): Bankruptcy Law

Closely Held Business (10%)

Business Litigation (10%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Technology Transactions (10%): Internet, Science and Technology Law

Focus Areas

Real Estate: Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale

Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy Law

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Technology Transactions: Internet, Science and Technology Law


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017

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White Papers

  • Some Unintended Consequences of Collaborating (2015) - As we learned from the Zuckerberg/Winklevoss wars over the founding of Facebook, working together can result in some major unintended riches or losses.  At the outset in undertaking any type of joint development or other relationship in tech, the parties should address thier relationship in terms of ownership rights, control, dissolution, etc. 

  • Non-Competes in the Cybersecurity Industry (2015) - The validity, use, drafting, and enforceability of non-compete agreements in technology industries.

  • Does a Lease Mean What It Says (2003) - This article addresses whether various lease provisions are enforceable and, if so, to what degree; terms that are imputed into leases; and the effect of absent terms.  It was publilshed in the Pipeline (February 2003) by the D.C. Building Industry Association.

  • Drafting Letters of Intent for Leases (with Forms) (2001) - I co-athored a chapter of ALI-ABA's Practice Checklist for Drafting Leases III (2001), also published as "Drafting Letters of Intent for Leases (with Forms) in the Practical Real Estate Lawyer (September, 1997)

  • Disposing of Excess Real Estate (1994) - This article addresses holding auctions and other means of "right-sizing" corporate real estate leases and holdings.  It was published in NACORE Corporate Real Estate Executive (March/April 1994)

  • The Retail Lease: What to Look for, Bargain for (1986) - This article addresses what a retail tenant should ask for, and what a landlord should deny, in retail lease negotiations, including the long-term consequences of various provisions.  It also address instances in which a party should stay silent and the role of the mortgagee in such negotiations.  Published in Legal Times (April 7, 1986).

  • About Kenneth Samuelson

    Admitted: 1980, Washington D.C.

    Professional Webpage:

    Honors and Awards:

    • Best Section Committee of the Year, D.C. Bar, 1990
    • AVVO Rating: 10.0 (Superb), 2015
    • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV preeminent 5.0 out of 5 (the Highest)
    • Biographical Records in Tiber's "Who's Who in Washington"
    • Biographical Records in Marquis' "Who's Who in American Law"
    • Chair, "Best Section Committee of the Year" by District of Columbia Bar, 1990
    • Listed in "Washington D.C. and Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers" (2012)
    • Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent 5 out of 5  (the highest) for each of the past 20 years.

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Virginia, 2015 (by examination)
    • Member, American Inns of Court, 2003 - 2014
    • American Bar Association, Governing Council, Real Property Section, 2000 - 2006  
    • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    • New York, 2016
    • District of Columbia, 1980
    • Maryland, 1972

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Programs on security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, enforcing liens, easements, leasing, and other topics, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, 1981 - 1994
    • Programs on real estate transactions, the Russian Duma Committee writing the New Civil Code, 1994 and 1995
    • Programs on leasing issues, D.C. Association of Realtors, Inc., 1992 and 1996
    • Telecommunications Law, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, 1997
    • Shopping Center "University" course and various programs on lease negotiations, International Council of Shopping Centers, 1988 - 1998
    • Programs on leasing, American Bar Association, 1987 - 1998
    • Programs on telecommunications and financing, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 1998, 1999 and 2000
    • Programs - one on broadband wiring of buildings and one on developing real estate projects at metro-rail sites, D.C. Building Industry Association, 2000
    • A Real Estate Lawyer's Guide To Broadband, National Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2001
    • Panelist in programs on bankruptcy transactions and litigation, American Inns of Court, 2005 - 2006
    • How Lawyers Can Mess-Up Transactions, Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., 2006
    • Leasing Overseas, Particularly in China and India, CoreNet Global and International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate, 2006
    • "Ethics-SOX: Does Each Officer and Director Now Need His/Her Own Separate Counsel?", also known as Corporate/Partnership Attorney as Whistleblower, International Association of Attorneys and Executives In Corporate Real Estate, 2007
    • Bankruptcy Sales, Reorganizations and other Bankruptcy Transactions, American Inns of Court, 2007 - 2008
    • Workouts, American Bar Association, 2008
    • Assumption and Assignment of Leases in Bankruptcy, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2008
    • Title Insurance for Workouts and Bankruptcy Transactions, Stewart Title National Underwriters, 2008
    • Bankruptcy Aspects of Drafting Commercial Leases and Workout Agreements, Law Seminars International, 2008 - 2009
    • Maryland Real Estate Liens, 2009
    • Safety of Escrow Deposits Against General Creditors in Bankruptcy, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2009
    • Buying Assets Out of Bankruptcy, American Inns of Court, 2010
    • Mixed-Use and Condo/Hotel Workouts, American Bar Association, 2010
    • 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2010
    • More on Condo/Hotel and Other Mixed-Use Workouts, American Bar Association, 2011
    • LLC's and their Members in Bankruptcy, 2012
    • Title Problems that Only a Bankruptcy Court Can Solve, 2012
    • Update: LLCs and LLPs in Bankruptcy, 2013
    • Clearing Real Estate Titles, 2016
    • Some Unintended Consequences of Collaborating, U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine, Summer, 2015
    • Non-Competes in the Cybersecurity Industry, U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine, Winter 2015
    • The Retail Lease: What to Look for, Bargain for, Legal Times, April, 1986  
    • Disposing of Excess Real Estate, NACORE Corporate Real Estate Executive, March/April, 1994
    • Co-Author, Chapter of ALI-ABA's Practice Checklist for Drafting Leases III (2001) also published as Drafting Letters of Intent for Leases (with Forms), The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, September, 1997
    • Does a Lease Mean What It Says?, D.C. Building Industry Association Pipeline, 2003
    • To Foreign Purchasers Of U.S. Real Estate - You May Not Be Allowed To Keep It, Core Compass, February, 2014

    Representative Clients:

    • See, and attached resume, for the latest.


    Educational Background:

    • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Honors: Dean's Lists, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, 1968

    Industry Groups

  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions And Litigation
  • Including Bankruptcy
  • Office Location for Kenneth L. Samuelson

    2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    # 417
    Washington, DC 20006

    Phone: 202-494-0848


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    Last Updated: 9/7/2017

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