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John Lavoie



Title: Partner in Charge - Reston

Serves as general counsel to the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks

Served on the transition team of then Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe

Jack Lavoie serves as head of Cooley’s real estate practice group and partner-in-charge of the Reston office. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, with an emphasis on the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate, including the purchase, sale, development and leasing of office, industrial, retail and technology-driven properties. He has experience in representing landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers in the leasing, finance and repositioning of commercial property in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Lavoie has represented both institutional and individual landlords and tenants involved in major lease transactions, data center leasing and development and corporate headquarters projects. In addition, he has managed the real estate aspects of many clean and renewable energy projects, including the development of wind and solar lease farms and related installations.

Before joining Cooley, he was a partner and member of the executive committee at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald. Prior to practicing law, Lavoie was a senior associate with the Staubach Co, where he managed site identification and lease negotiation for major clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Lavoie serves as general counsel to the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks.

Selected Representative Transactions

  • PN Hoffman Secures Approval for Development of the Wharf – Cooley assisted PN Hoffman in acquiring and starting construction of the Wharf in Southwest DC. PN Hoffman is known for developing upscale condominium residences and mixed-use properties in the Washington, DC area.
  • Johnson Controls on $7.5 Billion Joint Venture with SAIC’s Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems, Shanghai – Cooley advised Johnson Controls on the formation of a global automotive interiors joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems.

These are some of the reasons we named Lavoie to our Washington, DC grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 


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About Lisa McDuffie

Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group. When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.