People: Ronald S. Gart, Partner

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Ronald S. Gart

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5320
Fax: (202) 641-9210
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Mr. Gart is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is the Chair of the Washington, D.C. Real Estate Practice and focuses his practice on the intricate aspects of commercial real estate. Mr. Gart has extensive knowledge in real estate development, real estate finance, real estate lending, asset management, asset purchase and sales, commercial leasing, mixed-use development and planned communities, including condominium ownership.

As counsel on many successful projects, Mr. Gart has conceptualized and documented a mixed use office, retail and residential condominium project involving land units, as well as traditional condominium units. He has counseled a developer in connection with the acquisition and development of a site that incorporated a dilapidated historic structure and contiguous unimproved land into a historic rehabilitation and newly constructed commercial and retail project. Mr. Gart also structured the investment vehicle to utilize historic tax credits and multiple sources of equity and debt funding.

As counsel to commercial banks, thrift institutions and the former Resolution Trust Corporation, he has represented commercial banks and other lenders in loan originations, including construction and term loans, mezzanine and conduit financings, and on loan workouts, restructurings and foreclosures, some of which have involved complex litigation and bankruptcy issues. Projects for which his clients have made secured loans include student housing, hotels, multifamily, mixed-use, office, and retail developments; several projects have involved unsubordinated ground leases.

Mr. Gart has been recognized as a leading lawyer for Real Estate in the District of Columbia since 2011 in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Legal 500 for Real Estate. He also has been selected multiple times by “The Best Lawyers in America" and by Washingtonian magazine as “One of Washington’s Top Lawyers." Since 2007, he has been selected as one of the top attorneys in the Washington, D.C., metro area by Super Lawyers Magazine, and most recently by the Super Lawyers Magazine, Corporate Counsel Edition. In 2007, he was selected from a field of the nation’s leading lawyers and judges as a finalist for the Lawdragon 500 based upon his current impact on the biggest issues and deals in the law.

Mr. Gart is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is the Chair of the Washington, D.C. Real Estate Practice and focuses his practice on the intricate aspects of commercial real estate. Mr. Gart has extensive knowledge in real estate development, real estate finance, real estate lending, asset management, asset purchase and sales, commercial leasing, mixed-use development and planned communities, including condominium ownership.

As counsel on many successful projects, Mr. Gart has conceptualized and documented a mixed use office, retail and residential condominium project involving land units, as well as traditional condominium units. He has counseled a developer in connection with the acquisition and development of a site that incorporated a dilapidated historic structure and contiguous unimproved land into a historic rehabilitation and newly constructed commercial and retail project. Mr. Gart also structured the investment vehicle to utilize historic tax credits and multiple sources of equity and debt funding.

As counsel to commercial banks, thrift institutions and the former Resolution Trust Corporation, he has represented commercial banks and other lenders in loan originations, including construction and term loans, mezzanine and conduit financings, and on loan workouts, restructurings and foreclosures, some of which have involved complex litigation and bankruptcy issues. Projects for which his clients have made secured loans include student housing, hotels, multifamily, mixed-use, office, and retail developments; several projects have involved unsubordinated ground leases.

Mr. Gart has been recognized as a leading lawyer for Real Estate in the District of Columbia since 2011 in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Legal 500 for Real Estate. He also has been selected multiple times by “The Best Lawyers in America" and by Washingtonian magazine as “One of Washington’s Top Lawyers." Since 2007, he has been selected as one of the top attorneys in the Washington, D.C., metro area by Super Lawyers Magazine, and most recently by the Super Lawyers Magazine, Corporate Counsel Edition. In 2007, he was selected from a field of the nation’s leading lawyers and judges as a finalist for the Lawdragon 500 based upon his current impact on the biggest issues and deals in the law.

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University, The National Law Center, cum laude (1979)

  • B.A., The George Washington University, with distinction (1976)
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar (Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section)
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association (Board of Directors, Former Member)
  • Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington (Board of Governors, Former Member)
  • Urban Land Institute - Washington Advisory Board 2006 - Present; Chairman, 2006, 2005 and 2004 Annual Trends Conference
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Annual Balls Executive Committee (2004, 2005)
  • Real Estate Roundtable (President’s Council Member, 2017; Research Committee Member, 2017)

Presentations

  • “What It Takes: “Mixed-Use Development in this Metro Area,” 7th Annual Capital Region Real Estate Forum, presented by Washington Business Journal (October 26, 2011)
  • “Capital Markets,” 6th Annual Capital Region Real Estate Forum, presented by Washington Business Journal (October 13, 2010)

Accolades

  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent with the Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards (2017)
  • Recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the Top Lawyers of 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for Real Estate in the District of Columbia in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2009-present)
  • Recognized as “One of Washington’s Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine (2004-present)
  • Legal 500 - Real Estate (2011)
  • Finalist for the Lawdragon 500 (2007)