The D.C. office of Goulston & Storrs has lured a team of real estate attorneys away from Hunton & Williams, the former announced Wednesday.
Thomas Kaufman, John Ratino and Christian Hudson made the move to Goulston’s Washington office. Kaufman and Ratino, formerly the co-heads of Hunton’s real estate practice in D.C., join as directors, while Hudson joins as an associate.
Kaufman focuses his real estate practice on finance, private equity and joint ventures. Kaufman said that the concentration of national hotel chains that are headquartered in Washington contributes to an already active real estate market. Ratino represents clients in the commercial real estate and hospitality industries.
“From our perspective, Goulston has become a dominant boutique in our area,” Ratino said. “We thought this was a great platform for us and our clients.”
Co-managing director Douglas Husid said in an interview that in the 10 years since the firm opened its Washington office, it has tried to become the go-to real estate firm inside the Beltway.
“I think we’ve always tried to be opportunistic, but this was strategic for us,” Husid said. “We are continuing to round out what is an extremely broad real estate practice.”