Kenneth Samuelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Washington, DC

Samuelson Law, LLC
 | 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., # 417
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-991-8800
Fax: 240-499-8939
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (30%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Closely Held Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Kenneth L. Samuelson is the founder of Samuelson Law, LLC, based in Washington, D.C. He focuses at the intersection of commercial real estate and bankruptcy, including handling transactions (such as acquisitions, financings, and ground and air rights leases), single asset real estate and Chapter 11 (including Subchapter V) and 7 bankruptcies, restructurings (such as sale-leasebacks), and related litigation (such as LLC member disputes, "business divorces", breaches, and injunctions).  Most of his clients are developers and other owners of commercial real estate, commercial tenants, and non-profits 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 has applied his real estate and bankruptcy experience to helping entrepreneurs and start-ups work together, by forming LLC's, and negotiating teaming agreements and subcontracts, with confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-poaching provisions.  Most of that work has been in the info- and bio-tech industries.

    He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  He served as an Assistant 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.  He 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, the highest rating of 10 (Superb) from AVVO reviews, and the highest rating of 10 by Justia.  He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law and Tiber’s Who’s Who in Washington, and was 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.

    Practice Areas
    • 30%Real Estate: Business
    • 30%Bankruptcy: Business
    • 20%Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Closely Held Business
    Focus Areas

    Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale, Bankruptcy Law, Foreclosure, Loan Modifications, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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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. 

  • 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.

  • 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)

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

  • 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)

  • 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:


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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


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    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

    • and other commercial tenants
    • commercial real estate developers and owners of commercial properties
    • including large franchisees
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    2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    # 417
    Washington, DC 20006

    Phone: 202-991-8800

    Fax: 240-499-8939

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