Arent Fox has added four professionals to its D.C. office’s real estate practice today. Edward Rogers and Debra Yogodzinski join the firm as partners, while ElChino Martin joins as counsel. Ellen McCarthy (who’s not a lawyer) joins as the director of planning and land use; she’ll advise clients on zoning and development.
Rogers works on real estate transactions and other corporate matters, while Yogodzinski represents clients on matters related to development, acquisition, ownership, leasing, financing, and sales of commercial properties. Martin has served as the chief of staff in the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
All four came from Nixon Peabody, where they held the same positions.
“We all work together so well, and we all have such a common interest in D.C. real estate. I think we all felt we wanted to be together,” McCarthy said in an interview.
McCarthy will bring “several” projects with her from Nixon to Arent Fox, including a major project for The JBG Companies a client that both firms share. McCarthy said the four professionals were approached by a number of firms, but declined to say specifically which ones.
Rogers, Yogodzinski, and Martin did not immediately return calls for comment.
While with Nixon, the four were heavily involved with the planning, construction, and development of the Newseum.
The Arent Fox real estate practice has represented several notable clients, including Fannie Mae, the Smithsonian Institution, and Washington Sports & Entertainment.