Kimberly A. Wachen

Kimberly A. Wachen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Washington, DC

Arent Fox LLP
 | 1717 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-5344
Phone: 202-775-5749
Fax: 202-857-6395
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (70%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Kimberly Wachen is a real estate partner at Arent Fox and chair of the Hospitality Industry Practice Group.  She handles a wide variety of commercial real estate and corporate transactions on a national and local level and is known as the "go-to" attorney for particularly large and/or complex deals.  Ms. Wachen has lead numerous commercial real estate transactions ranging from the purchase and sale of individual properties (e.g., hotels, senior living facilities, office buildings, apartment buildings, and shopping centers) to multi-state portfolio purchases and sales of real estate and loan portfolios.  She represents real estate investors, developers and managers of large commercial real estate projects.  She has particular experience in the negotiation of purchase, sale, development, management and financing agreements for hotel and resort properties and senior living facilities.  Since 2004, Ms. Wachen has handled some of the largest hotel and senior living transactions in the country.  She also has extensive experience in ground leasing and other leasing transactions including large headquarter leases, office space leases, restaurant leases, industrial/flex leases (including refrigerated warehouse space) and retail leases. Ms. Wachen's corporate experience, for both public and privately held companies, includes the structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, mergers, reorganizations and international joint ventures ranging in size from $30 million to $810 million.  She has significant experience in equity participations and debt financing arrangements for large real estate projects, including construction loans, mezzanine loans, take-out financing, sale-leaseback transactions, preferred equity, joint ventures and other equity infusion structures.

About Kimberly Wachen

Admitted: 1993, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage:


  • Recognized as one of Washington DC's "Best Lawyers" by Washingonian magazine (2011-2017)
  • Rated as a Leading Real Estate Lawyer in Washington, DC by Legal 500 USA (2011-2016)
  • Recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the Real Estate Forum (September 2008) and Bisnow “Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate” (2017)
  • Recognized by American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell as “Top Rated Lawyer” (2011-2017)
  • Selected as the “Leading Real Estate Lawyer” in Washington, DC by the readers of the Legal Times (December 2008) and one of DC’s Top 40 Power Women in Commercial Real Estate by Bisnow (January 2014)
  • Rated as a Leading Real Estate Lawyer in Washington, DC by Chambers USA (2010-2017) and a Leading Hospitality Lawyer in Washington, DC by Chambers USA (2016-2017)

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant, 1989

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ms. Wachen is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and New York.  Ms. Wachen is also a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).


  • Ms. Wachen represents Colony NorthStar and other public traded investment companies in the development and acquisition of senior living portfolios throughout the United States with several operating partners.  Ms. Wachen has also represented Sunrise Senior Living in negotiating joint venture, development, management, acquisition/disposition and financing agreements, consisting of over 100 properties valued at a total of more than $1 billion, with seven separate joint venture partners and several different lenders.  Ms. Wachen has handled numerous large scale development projects for Marriott International.  She represented Marriott in the development of its Edition brand hotels in Manhattan (Clock Tower Building) and the Seville Beach Hotel in Miami Beach.  She also represented Marriott in the development of its  1,000-room JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, a multi-hundred-million-dollar project, which Real Estate Forum selected as a "Deal of the Year".  In an earlier transaction, Ms. Wachen represented Marriott in developing its flagship Grande Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, which consisted of a 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel, 584-room Ritz-Carlton hotel, a 40,000-square-foot spa and a Greg Norman Championship golf course. Ms. Wachen also represents hotel owners in the acquisition/disposition and financing of hotel portfolios located throughout the United States.   She represents publicly traded companies (including Nasdaq), in their capacity as tenants, in connection with leasing office space throughout the United States, including headquarter campuses. She represents publicly traded companies in the acquisition and disposition of grade A office buildings throughout the United States.

Educational Background:

  • Ms. Wachen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1992 and Duke University in 1988.  She earned her certified public accountant license in 1989.  

Industry Groups

  • Hospitality
  • Senior Living
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Office Location for Kimberly A. Wachen

1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5344

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Last Updated: 11/16/2018

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