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Since 1981, Weiss LLP and its attorneys have been assisting local and regional businesses to navigate today’s business challenges. The founding partner of our firm is a seasoned attorney who has worked for national and local firms prior to launching his own practice in 2006. We are a boutique firm, which means most clientele come from closely-held businesses and development companies. Some of our other clientele are nationally-recognized lenders and real estate investment trusts, real estate developers, hotel franchisees, entrepreneurs in hospitality businesses, among others. Also, we have served as counsel to two foreign governments. Other clients of ours include: retailers, a multi-location chain of car washes, parking garage management companies, property management companies, and foreign investors with investments in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Our trusted, experienced attorneys have spent years assisting our clients in successful cases and guide them through complicated legal processes. Consulting with us can help you determine how to successfully solve your legal questions. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

Practice Areas

Multi-Family (Apartment) Regulation and Advocacy

Local governments have given tenants the right to form tenant organizations, the right of first refusal to purchase apartment units and created significant administrative filing requirements for licensures, rent control and tenant rights.

Real Estate

This division covers a wide range of real estate transaction types including development, land acquisition and zoning, financing, construction, sales, refinances and leases.

Estate Planning – Asset Protection

Weiss LLP offers tailored estate planning solutions that meet client's goals. From the creation of wills and trusts to guardianships, we help protect assets and minimize estate taxes.

Commercial and Bank Lending

Weiss LLP extends its banking practice to cover commercial lending institutions, as well as lenders and borrowers.

Commercial Business Litigation

Our Firm has provided successful representation to clients in a wide array of business transactions, financing, intra-partner disputes and family business succession plans.

General Counsel Services

Many clients cannot afford to hire a full-time general counsel to service general needs of the business enterprise; our firm provides this function on a part-time or occasional or regular basis. Our services include daily, routine general counsel services such as contract negotiation, human resources, investor reporting and commercial counsel services.

Corporate and Commercial – Mergers and Acquisitions

Weiss LLP provides responsive and comprehensive legal services to entities of all compositions throughout their transactions, applying resources and expertise to the full range of scenarios any business may encounter.

Workplace Counsel
Important Pointers For Today's Businesses

The Federal Opportunity Zone Program – A New Program Worth Knowing!



 You may have heard about the Opportunity Zone Program — included as a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  The Program was designed as a way to revitalize economically distressed communities by offering significant tax breaks to investors who invest in the development of these communities.  Although there has been some debate over whether this program will succeed in actually revitalizing these communities,…

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO TENANT’S RIGHTS FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOMES!

The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act of 1980 (“TOPA”), as amended, gives District of Columbia residential tenants the opportunity to purchase and a right of first refusal to match a third party contract when the owner of their rental accommodation sells, demolishes, or discontinues renting the unit. On April 10, 2018, the District of Columbia City Council amended this act to add several exemptions from coverage. With a few exceptions, single family rental units, single family rental units with an…

Warning to DC Landlords: You may think you are exempt from rent control! ARE YOU?

In the District of Columbia, the DHCD Rental Accommodations Division (“RAD”) administers the District’s Rent Control Act. All housing accommodations must be registered with RAD, except dormitories, hospitals, units operated by foreign governments, and a few others.

The Law places all of the District’s housing stock under rent control UNLESS exempted and, in order to be exempted, one must follow certain regulations and filing procedures in order to qualify for exemption. In other words, you must register to…

“Market Rate” in Options May Cause Option to be Unenforceable

Option years are written solely for the benefit of a tenant and options add significant value to an ongoing business. Recently, some Court have given landlords an “out” and allowed landlords to cancel a lease renewal term where the option is based upon “market rate” rent. While it would be expected that a Court could be left with the final say-so as that is “market rate,” many Courts have elected not to do so. To be on the safe-side,…

Randy Alan Weiss, Esq. Founding Partner

Randy Alan Weiss is the Founding Partner of Weiss LLP. Randy is a law graduate of Georgetown University Center (MLT, 1985) with an emphasis in closely-held business taxation and exempt organizations and St. Louis University School of Law (JD, 1981).

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Eric S. Montalvo Affiliated Counsel (Founding Partner, The Federal Practice Group)

Mr. Montalvo focuses his practice on federal criminal defense, commercial litigation and military administrative and criminal defense law.

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William R. Cowden Attorney

Mr. Cowden is a former Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., where he served as Chief of Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering.

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Joseph P. Kirkwood

Joseph Kirkwood is an associate attorney at Weiss LLP. He is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2018) and focuses his practice on real estate and business transactions and litigation.

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