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Location matters, of course. But D.C. law firms must also factor in the expense of moving and the details of renegotiating a lease. Plus, a look at affordable housing and tax-saving measures.
• What’s the Next Hot D.C. Spot? East side, west side, central business district: Where is the next hot spot for law firm moves and expansions? That all depends on who’s doing the talking. by Alexia Garamfalvi • Of Renewal Rights and Fairness A tight real estate market means that law firms need to understand renewal rights, fair-market rental rates, and how to negotiate with landlords. Then they can move on to the question of what baseball has to do with resolving disputes. by Anton N. Natsis and Michael E. McFadden • Capital Gain, Plainly Explained Real estate investors can realize capital gain on the sale of their property — and be taxed accordingly — if they first form a corporation to buy the property. Otherwise, the profits on the sale could be taxed as ordinary income, and that could prove expensive. by John P. Dedon • In Search of Affordable Homes Affordable housing is a wonderful goal, but if the D.C. government makes the rules for inclusionary zoning too restrictive for developers, the city may not meet anyone’s housing needs. by Kenneth G. Lore • Maybe We’ll Stay Right Here Before a law firm reaches the end of its building lease, it should carefully consider its space requirements. What does the building have to offer? Is there good parking nearby? Will the firm be growing? And is anyone else in the building planning to leave? by Thomas Doughty

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