David A. Lewis



Dave Lewis is a real estate attorney who focuses his practice on commercial real estate developments and transactions. He assists clients who develop mixed-use, multifamily, retail, office, hospitality, renewable energy and professional sports projects in Washington, D.C., the Mid-Atlantic region, and other major urban markets nationwide.

Dave represents large institutional clients, including national REITs and District and regional developers, in development-related transactions. He assists with the acquisition and development of properties in large urban and suburban markets. Dave advises on a range of topics related to multifamily and mix-used development, serving as counsel for buyers and sellers of commercial and multifamily residential properties.

On behalf of developer and institutional clients, Dave also handles a broad range of entitlement, zoning, permitting, development, and historic preservation public processes for projects within the District of Columbia. Dave represents clients pursuing development and redevelopment projects that require review and approval from regulatory and governing agencies in the District, including the Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Department of Buildings, Zoning Administrator, Public Space Committee, the Historic Preservation Review Board, National Capital Planning Commission, the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation, and the Commission of Fine Arts, as well as a range of neighborhood and community organizations.

Dave advises on emerging types of real estate development projects including the conversion of office buildings to multifamily residential apartments, hotels, and other uses, the densification of enclosed shopping malls and other shopping centers, the disposition and redevelopment of formerly federally-owned and District-owned property, and District regulations applicable to affordable housing and historic properties.

Dave has significant experience handling complex negotiations, resolving conflicts, and drafting easements, development agreements, and other documents between his clients and abutting property owners, utility companies, and government agencies involving all aspects of real estate development.

Dave is a member of the firm’s Climate Change Task Force and plays a leadership role in the D.C. Chapter of the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization.


  • 2023 Lawdragon 500 X: The Next Generation Lawdragon List


  • Urban Land Institute
  • Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization, DC Chapter Co-Chair


  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • Georgetown University Law Center  (J.D., cum laude, 2012)
  • Harvard University  (Masters of Urban Planning, 2009)
  • Duke University  (B.S., 2005)