Lee E. Berner | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Lee E. Berner

Partner Corporate & Finance

Berner Lee

Lee E. Berner
Berner Lee
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Lee Berner brings his practical, real-world approach to identify and solve legal problems related to real estate, working with clients to meet their strategic and financing needs. And he does so in a variety of ways, such as buying and selling real estate, borrowing money secured by real estate, and advising companies, often in well-publicized, high-profile transactions.

You'll usually find Lee working on issues involving all types of real estate, including shopping centers, apartment buildings, office buildings, and senior housing facilities.

Lee has worked at Hogan Lovells (and its predecessor, Hogan & Hartson) for more than 30 years. During that time, he has witnessed numerous ups and downs in the real estate markets and has become particularly adept at helping clients take advantage of the good cycles – and prepare for the bad ones.

Lee also enjoys supporting the firm's pro bono clients with their real estate needs, such as helping nonprofit clients generate funds from their real estate to further their worthwhile pursuits.

Representative experience

Advised Welk Hospitality Group Inc. on its approximately US$430m pending acquisition by Marriott Vacations Worldwide.

Advised DLH Holdings, a health care services contractor, on its US$70m acquisition of Social & Scientific Systems, a public health research organization.


  • J.D., Cornell Law School, magna cum laude, 1985
  • B.A., Hamilton College, magna cum laude, 1980
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Section, Virginia Bar Association


Real Estate

Legal 500 US

2016-2017, 2019
"Legal Elite" for Real Estate

Virginia Business Magazine