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Edward S. West

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Edward S. West

Edward ("Ed") West joined Miller, Miller & Canby in 2014 as Principal in the Real Estate Practice Group. An accomplished real estate attorney with significant regional and national transactional expertise, Mr. West has practiced for more than 30 years in the areas of commercial leasing, real estate development, finance, and construction. He represents a wide variety of landlords, tenants, developers, businesses, trade associations and other not-for-profit organizations, and individuals in commercial and residential real estate and general business transactions.  During that time, he has negotiated more than 17 million square feet of leases for office, retail, and industrial properties, and special use projects, and over 100 ground leases. He has also worked with a wide variety of regional clients in the development, acquisition or sale of more than $5 billion in commercial properties, including mixed-use developments and public-private partnerships. Mr. West has represented lenders, borrowers, and investors in $17.4 billion of financings, equity investments, workouts and foreclosures. He also has substantial experience with property management matters, the structuring of partnerships, LLCs and joint ventures, and the resolution of real estate disputes. Mr. West has also negotiated design and construction contracts for numerous office buildings, special-use facilities and interior build-outs in the D.C. metropolitan area. He has worked on high-profile projects for JBG, RREEF Management, Pepco, Lockheed Martin, WMATA, Bank of America, Goodyear and the Communications Workers of America, among others.

Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Mr. West served as Senior Counsel with Cushman & Wakefield, as Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group at Beveridge & Diamond, and as Of Counsel and Co-Manager of the Real Estate Practice Group at Covington & Burling. He was previously Associate General Counsel and Vice President at The Kaempfer Company (a prominent D.C.-area developer later acquired by Vornado) before which he worked at Jones Day. Prior to law school, he worked as an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City for several years.

A former Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Real Estate Section and frequent panelist for its CLE programs, Mr. West has been named a Super Lawyer in Washington, D.C. in Real Estate Law, a Best Lawyer in America in Real Estate Law, and a Legal 500 Recommended U.S. Real Estate Lawyer for D.C. Transactions and Finance. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was the Articles & Notes Editor of its American Criminal Law Review. After receiving his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University, he attended Cornell University’s Business School.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Transactions & Leasing
    Real Estate Financings & Settlement Services
bar admissions
  • Maryland

    District of Columbia



Professional Affiliations
  • Maryland State Bar Association

    District of Columbia Bar

    Virginia State Bar Association

    Co-Chair and Financial Officer – D.C. Bar Real Estate Section (1992 –1997)

    Frequent D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Faculty Panelist – Commercial Leasing and Development

    President and Member – Board of Directors, Yale Club of Washington, D.C.  (2009 – present)

    Member, Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Corporate Counsel Association and
              Association of Corporate Counsel

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1984
    Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, 1979
    Yale University, B.A., 1979

Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyer – Washington, D.C. in Real Estate Law, 2012
    Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law, 2006 – 2012
    U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers & Law Firms D.C. Real Estate,
              2011 – 2012; Tier 3
    A Legal 500 Recommended U.S. Real Estate Lawyer for
              DC Transactions and Finance, 2007 – 2009

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