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John Epting commercial real estate zoning land use historic preservation development litigation lawyer attorney



John Epting is a real estate lawyer who focuses on zoning, land use, historic preservation, land development and related litigation matters.

He guides office, residential and mixed-use projects and subdivisions through the District of Columbia Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), the National Capital Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation, as well as through all appropriate permit and related approval processes. 

John has detailed knowledge of the many technical issues related to building permits, public space permits, projection modifications and interpretations related to the D.C. Building Code. He also has very specific experience related to commercial signage, as well as cellular antenna approvals and siting in D.C.

John is recognized for handling more Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) and Combined Lot Development (CLDs) transactions than anyone in the region, and he is especially well known for his particular experience with complex mixed-use projects and renovations.


  • Best Lawyers in America® (2019-2020, 2022-2024): Real Estate
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2007 - 2009 and 2011-2018
  • Washingtonian's Top Lawyers in Washington, D.C., 2017
  • Martindale HubbellTM Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use And Zoning', 2013
  • Named a “Top Washington Lawyer,” Washington Business Journal, 2007
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent TM


  • District of Columbia


  • American University Washington College of Law  (J.D., with honors, 1982)
  • Florida State University  (M.C.P., with honors, 1975)
    • City Planning
  • Clemson University  (B.A., with honors, 1973)