When, as a second-year associate (more than two decades ago), I elected to switch my practice from corporate law to real estate, it seemed like the intelligent thing to do. In Chicago, where I began my private-practice legal career, it was easy to find corporate transactional work, given that “Chi-Town,” like New York and other major cities, is considered by most to be a business epicenter.

In the nation’s capital, however, at that time and even today, the government is the only obvious comparable “business” base we can reliably call our own. Of course, that reality struck me like a thunderbolt only after I had relocated to Washington, D.C. I proceeded to process that truth for several months in the face of my continuing quest to replicate the diverse, high-level and busy transactional practice I had experienced in Chicago. I noticed and interviewed a number of happy (loosely speaking) transactional lawyers, most of whom had practices focused on the real estate industry.

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