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Phil Feola is a real estate attorney whose practice involves counseling clients on land use, zoning, housing, planned unit developments, historic preservation, urban renewal, environmental law, real estate contracts, condemnation, administrative litigation and governmental licensing.

Phil is recognized by Chambers USA as "a highly sought-after land use lawyer on the (Goulston & Storrs) team."  Chambers USA sources also say, "He is brilliant, talented, smart and creative."

Additionally, Phil handles civil litigation at the trial and appellate court levels related to zoning, historic preservation, environmental and local regulatory issues.

Before practicing law, Phil was a senior planner with the city of San Antonio, Texas and a planner for the city of Paterson, New Jersey.


  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America® (2020): Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America® (2019): Land Use and Zoning
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2021): Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
  • “America’s Leading Business Lawyers," Chambers USA 2008-2016
  • Named one of Washington's "Best Lawyers", Washingtonian Magazine, 2009, 2011-2012
  • 800+ Stars of the Bar, Washington's Best Lawyers, 2011
  • Legal 500 US Directory, 2009
  • Named to Super Lawyers, Washington, DC, 2014-2015, 2020


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, George Washington University
  • American, District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations
  • American Planning Association
  • Lambda Alpha International
  • Urban Land Institute


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law  (J.D., 1979)
  • Florida State University  (M.C.P., 1971)
    • City Planning
  • University of Notre Dame  (B.A., 1969)