Jeffrey R. Keitelman | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Jeffrey R. Keitelman

Partner Corporate & Finance


Jeffrey R. Keitelman
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Jeff Keitelman has been the lead lawyer on some of the country's largest and most high-profile commercial real estate transactions. 

As the top lawyer advising The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center he managed teams of attorneys over more than 12 years, advising on joint ventures, ground leases, acquisitions and dispositions, space leases, bond financing, construction and numerous other matters.

Known as a consummate dealmaker and strategist with deep knowledge and key relationships, Jeff helps clients structure, negotiate and close their most important transactions. He represents local, national and international investors, owners, occupiers, managers and brokers in acquisition, disposition, leasing, development, financing, joint venture, property management and related matters involving office, industrial, retail, residential and mixed-use properties.

In addition to guiding clients through traditional real estate matters, Jeff represents clients in the unique area of government real estate, advising owners who deal with government entities in connection with leasing, purchase/sale, lending, compliance, operations, protests and other claims. He also advises major occupiers of space in leasing, purchase/sale and other transactional matters. Jeff also has experience counseling clients in real estate-related litigation and bankruptcy, as well as public/private partnership transactions.

Representative clients include Fortune 500 companies, pension funds and other investors, REITs, life insurance companies, financial institutions, foreign investors, investment advisers, law firms, developers, governmental entities, non-profit and educational institutions, trade associations and real estate funds.

Representative experience

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in connection with all real estate-related aspects of its redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan for more than 12 years.*

Alony Hetz Properties & Investments, an Israeli publicly traded company, in establishing a joint venture with JP Morgan Special Situations Fund and others to re-form Carr Properties.*

Columbia Property Truston significant acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing matters.*

Skanska CDUS in connection with a 114,000-square-foot, 16-year lease of a large international law firm for its Washington, D.C. headquarters.*

Beacon Capital Partners in connection with a 115,000-square-foot, 15-year lease with MedStar Health for an outpatient surgical center in downtown D.C.*

Numerous owners of Class A office buildings with respect to major and/or anchor leases, build-to-suit transactions, major retail deals and other significant leasing, and development matters.*

Pfizer, Cisco Systems, Verizon and other U.S. corporations in headquarters relocations, build-to-suit development transactions and M&A transactions, as well as ongoing leasing and facilities matters.*

An 839,000-square-foot, two-building government lease for the Department of Justice, the largest federal government lease in D.C. since 2002.*

A 592,000-square-foot lease with the GSA for the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters.*

A 540,000-square-foot lease for the initial TSA headquarters.*

A 250,000-square-foot headquarters lease for the CFTC.*

A 600,000-square-foot lease with the GSA for the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service.*

A lease to the U.S. Government for 300,000 square feet of space in the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Environmental Law, 1986
  • B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Member, Legal Industry Editorial Board, Law360
  • Member, Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE)
  • Member, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Member, The Real Estate Roundtable
  • Member, DC Building Industry Association
  • Member, Real Estate Board of New York
  • Member, CoreNet Global
  • Member, National Federal Development Association
  • Member, Federal Real Property Association
  • Member, Office Development Council, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, The International Association of Managing Partners


Eminent Practitioner

Chambers USA, District of Columbia: Real Estate

Lawyers in Real Estate

Connect CRE

Law Power 100

City & State

Law Power 50

City & State

America's Most Honored Lawyers

The American Registry

Legal 500 US, Real Estate

Legal 500

MVP, Real Estate


Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C.

One of the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers

Real Estate Expert Guide

One of New York's Top Rated Lawyers

Various ALM publications

The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate

Lifetime Lawyer Achievement


Top Lawyers Hall of Fame


Top Washington Lawyer, Real Estate

Washington Business Journal