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David AvitabileDavid Avitabile

(202) 721-1137
Fax: (202) 263-0537

Washington DC
1999 K Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington DC
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University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2005

Georgetown University, B.A., 2000, magna cum laude, with honors
District of Columbia



David Avitabile’s real estate practice focuses on land use and development law. David advises clients on all aspects of the entitlement and permitting processes in the District of Columbia, including zoning, historic preservation, building code, public space and related local regulatory processes. He also advocates for clients in related land use and development litigation at both the trial and appellate stages. David represents clients engaged in a wide variety of development as well, including residential, commercial office, hospitality, retail, and institutional clients, with a particular focus on colleges and universities. David is a Director in the firm's DC office.

Representative Experience

  • Counsels major universities, including Georgetown University and The George Washington University, in connection with the approval of campus plans as well as new construction and related permitting, compliance and regulatory advice.
  • Represents Forest City Washington in the local zoning, historic preservation, public space and permitting requirements related to the development of a new mixed-use neighborhood on the former Southeast Federal Center in Washington, DC.
  • Represents the Museum of the Bible in the zoning, historic preservation, public space and permitting requirements related to the establishment of a major new museum in Southwest Washington, DC.
  • Counsels and represents multiple multifamily residential developers in zoning entitlement approvals, including planned unit development, design review and variance relief, as well as preservation, building code and public space approvals.
  • Represented Giant / Stop & Shop on the zoning and permitting approvals for the development of a new grocery store and related mixed-use project in Northwest Washington, DC., as well as related appellate litigation.
  • Represented, on a pro bono basis, International Arts & Artists in the acquisition, financing, and land use approvals for a new headquarters in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)
Awards and Recognition
  • Bisnow’s top “35 under 35” in Washington, D.C. real estate, 2011
Speaking Engagements
  • Companion to Bordering on Madness: An American Land Use Tale: Cases, Scholarship, and Case Studies (Second Edition) (2008)
  • National Capital Area Chapter-American Planning Association Certificate Maintenance Conference, speaker July 2009
Press Releases
num: 4
blogEntries: Zoning for the All-In-One Commercial Space
clientAdvisories: U.S. Supreme Court’s Koontz Decision Favors Developers in Land Use Permit Negotiations
clientAdvisories: Major Changes to District of Columbia Zoning Regulations
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Promotes David Avitabile to Director
April 2016
Goulston & Storrs Promotes David Avitabile to Director
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