Kenneth L. Samuelson

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Listed: Marquis "Who's Who in American Law", and in "Who's Who in Washington". Chair, "Best Section Committee of the Year," District of Columbia Bar, 1990. Author: "Some Unintended Consequences of Collaborating", U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine, Summer, 2015; "Non-Competes in the Cybersecurity Industry", U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine, Winter 2015; "Does a Lease Mean What It Says?" D.C. Building Industry Association Pipeline, 2003; 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. Co-Author: chapter of ALI-ABA's Practice Checklist for Drafting Leases III, 2001; "Drafting Letters of Intent for Leases (with Forms), The Practical Real Estate Lawyer," September 1997.
Classes/Seminars Taught: Clearing Titles, 2016; LLCs and LLPs in Bankruptcy, webcasts, 2013 and 2012; Title Problems Only a Bankruptcy Court Can Solve, 2012; Condo/hotels and other mixed use workouts, American Bar Association, 2011 and 2010; Buying Assets Out of a Bankruptcy Estate, American Inns of Court, 2010; Escrow Funds as Part of a Bankruptcy Estate, ACREL, 2010 and 2009; Maryland Real Estate Liens - Foreclosures and Bankruptcy, 2009; Bankruptcy Aspects of Drafting Commercial Leases and Workout Agreements, Law Seminars International, 2009 and 2008; 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, 2008, 2007 and 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; 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; Telecommunications Law, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, 1997; A Real Estate Lawyer's Guide To Broadband, National Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2001. Panelist: Programs on Bankruptcy Transactions and Litigation, American Inns of Court, 2006; Programs 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; Programs on Leasing Issues, D.C. Association of Realtors, Inc., 1992 and 1996; Programs on Real estate Transactions, the Russian Duma Committee writing the New Civil Code, 1994 and 1995; 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. Of Counsel, Deckelbaum, Ogens & Raftery, Chartered, Bethesda, MD, 2001-2008. Partner: Wilkes Artis, Chartered, Washington, D.C., 1995-2001; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C., 1993-1995. Associate and then Partner, Linowes and Blocher, Silver Spring, MD, 1977-1993. Assistant Attorney General: the State of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 1973-1977. Associate: Dickerson, Nice, Sokol & Horn (no longer exists), Baltimore, MD, 1973; Weinberg & Green (now Saul Ewing), Baltimore, MD, 1971-1973.

Areas of Practice (19)

  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 11
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Debtor Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Workouts
  • Leases and Leasing
  • Evictions
  • Commercial Mortgages
  • Mortgage Bankruptcy
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Mortgage Lien Foreclosure
  • Mortgage Workouts
  • Internet Law
  • Internet Licensing
  • Commercial Foreclosures

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202-609-8486  Phone
202-494-0848  Phone
202-494-0848  Cell Phone
240-499-8939  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pittsburgh, B.A., Economics, Magna Cum Laude, 1968
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1971
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court of the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court of Maryland, including Trial Bar; 1972, Maryland; 2016, New York; 1980, District of Columbia; 2015, Virginia
Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia
Current: American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Previous: American Bar Association (Governing Council, Real Property Section, Co-Chair of Technology Committee, 2000-2006); American Inns of Court (2008-2014)
Captain, U.S. Army
Special Agencies:
Former Assistant Attorney General, State of Maryland.
Acted as lead counsel or lead outside counsel in the following transactions and litigation:
(a) Acquisitions and Sales: Multi-state portfolio sales of 125 cell towers for a Fortune 500 Company. Sales of major apartment complexes for a national developer. Portfolio sales of 163 separate commercial real estate projects, with take-back financings, for failed financial institutions. Negotiation of sales and development agreements, with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, for the construction and operation of large projects around 2 metro rail stations. Acquisitions of 40 separate office buildings for a Fortune 500 company. Contract for the purchase and development of land for a resort in a foreign country. Acquisition of 2 golf courses, for town center and other development. Took over, from other counsel, negotiations to purchase a commercial office/industrial building, where the opposing counsel called the negotiations on "life support", and successfully concluded the client's purchase of that building.(b) Construction Contracts: For the development of an inter-city rail line, in a foreign country, with various large commercial projects at each station.
(c) Leases: A participating ground lease, for a Fortune 500 company, of a 300,000+ square foot office building. Numerous ground and space leases, each of 80,000 square feet, for a national home improvement chain. Negotiations, with the U.S. Government, for the termination of over 443,000 square feet of leases.
(d) Financings: A refinancing which I restructured to save the client over $600,000 in State and local recordation and transfer taxes.
(e) Bankruptcies: Took over a debtor's cases, from other counsel, and got the debtor's bankruptcy reinstated and the suit, against the debtor, on a promissory note, dismissed, despite previous counsel's having lost on all liability issues. A contested purchase, out of bankruptcy, of a large internet service provider, including 20 stations across the country.
(f) Foreclosures: For major national and international banks, of large commercial properties, in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, including for a $100,000,000 non-performing loan, a major retail site in the heart of D.C., and major undeveloped subdivisions in D.C. and Virginia.
(g) Foreclosure defenses: Saved, through bankruptcy filings, various commercial properties from foreclosures, including getting all liens released and selling one, on the eve of foreclosure, for $10,700,000.
(h) Entity formations and disputes: Negotiated several LLC operating agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Negotiated the dissolution of a partnership owning a headquarters site for a Fortune 500 company and golf course.
(i) Legislation: Successful arguments for the adoptions of (i) legislation changing County transfer and recordation ordinances to make feasible the conversion and development of a subdivision; and (ii) issuance of municipal bonds for the construction of a college campus building and for a warehouse development.
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