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Wine bar on 2200 Penn opens doors
By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

Trump family law firm may lease space in new GW-owned development

A law firm that represents at least two members of President Donald Trump’s family may move into the planned GW-owned development at 2100 Pennsylvania Ave.

WilmerHale, the fourth largest law firm in D.C., is in talks with real estate developer Boston Properties to rent 300,000 square feet in the new building, real estate blog Bisnow reported Tuesday.

The firm has made headlines recently because Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are two of its clients, according to multiple media reports. The firm is also reportedly representing Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, who is said to be a focus of the FBI’s probe into possible collision between Trump associates and Russia.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel selected to lead the Russia investigation, also previously worked at WilmerHale, Politico reported.

A representative from WilmerHale did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Pennsylvania Avenue development is expected to open in 2023, the same year that WilmerHale’s lease at its current home at 1875 Pennsylvania Ave. ends. The building will have 424,000 square feet of space with at least 30,000 square feet dedicated to retail outlets, according to Bisnow.

Officials announced in December that the University would lease the space to Boston Properties to develop the new building, which will combine Rice Hall, home to GW’s top administrators, and the current retail and business building at 2100 Pennsylvania Ave.

Revenue generated from the business and retail space will fund academic projects at GW, officials said.

Boston Properties previously worked with GW to develop the Avenue, a complex with apartments and retail, that generated funding for the $275 million Science and Engineering Hall, which opened in 2015.

As part of the new development, officials plan to empty out Rice Hall and the current building at 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. by December 2018 and June 2019, respectively.

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