Cozen O’Connor continues to play for lucrative Beltway real estate business

Cozen O’Connor brought in another real estate specialist to bolster their real estate business in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

Evan Pritchard joins as a partner, bringing the company experience securing zoning rights throughout Northern Virginia and the District.

In a press release announcing the move, Cozen O’Connor praised Pritchard’s expertise in relationship building and his relationships with “staff and elected officials at state and local levels throughout Northern Virginia” as a factor in its ability to help real estate development projects succeed. In the region.

Pritchard said he was approached by Meridith Moldenhauer, a zoning and land use lawyer at Cozen who focuses on projects in the District of Columbia because the firm is experiencing significant growth in its real estate business.

“I started talking to more people in the big real estate group, and I felt like this is a really exciting and fun place to work,” said Pritchard. “There are really solid people and a great atmosphere. It quickly became clear that I couldn’t turn down this opportunity.

Cozen O’Connor’s Washington managing partner Jonathan M. Grossman said in a statement that Pritchard’s arrival was a “great opportunity” for the firm’s clients to benefit from someone “they trust and feel good about. informed “with a” depth of relationship “” immediately beneficial to everything. “

“Even though the pandemic appears to be winding down to some extent, there is no shortage of interest in real estate markets, particularly the residential space,” said James Williams, co-chair of the firm’s real estate practice.

Pritchard spent nearly a decade with Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh, a Northern Virginia land use planning and development company, before moving to Venable, where he has practiced for five years.

Over the past 14 years, Pritchard has developed a practice focused on state and federal laws and regulations that affect real estate development. He also assists clients with comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances in local jurisdictions. He recently received site plan approval for a major mixed-use redevelopment project in Arlington, Virginia that included 732 multi-family units and a full-service grocery store.

Prior to joining private practice, Pritchard was a trial attorney and general counsel for the US Department of Justice, Environment, and Natural Resources division, where he was senior counsel in 25 civil cases in federal court.

Pritchard said part of his attraction to Cozen was his “attitude and personality,” as well as the focus on his staff and lawyers.

“Cozen does a really good job of connecting people within the company,” he said. “In some places, you are on your own to make connections with your fellow partners. Cozen does a good job of connecting people.

Pritchard is just the latest partner to join the firm in recent months. In March, Jonathan Knipe joined the firm’s real estate practice in New York and Philadelphia. In September, Todd Buck joined the firm’s intellectual property department in Washington. Earlier this month, James Billings Kang joined the firm’s healthcare practice in Washington.

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