John Lavoie, Partner

John G. Lavoie is a partner in the Real Estate practice group and a member of the Firm's Business Department. He joined the Firm in 2008 and is resident in the Reston office.

Mr. Lavoie focuses his practice on real estate transactions with 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 substantial experience in the representation of 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. He has represented both institutional and individual landlords and tenants involved in major lease transactions, data center leasing and development and corporate headquarters projects.

Mr. Lavoie 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, Mr. Lavoie was a partner and member of the Executive Committee at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Lavoie was a senior associate with the Staubach Company. At Staubach, he managed the process of site identification and lease negotiation for several major clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Lavoie has been listed as Virginia Business' Legal Elite in Real Estate/Construction from 2003 – 2005 and in the list of Best Lawyers in America since 2006. Each year since 2007, he has been selected by Chambers USA as a Top Real Estate Lawyer in Virginia. In 2008, Mr. Lavoie was selected by The Washington Business Journal as the winner for the "Top Real Estate Transactions Lawyer" in Washington, DC. Mr. Lavoie was selected as one of the Best Real Estate Lawyers in the Washington, DC area for 2011 by The Washington Post/The National Law Journal. In 2014, Mr. Lavoie was recognized by Legal BisNow as a Top Real Estate Lawyer in the DC-Metro area in 2014. Mr. Lavoie was recognized as a Super Lawyer for his work in Real Estate Law in the Northern Virginia market. Most recently, Mr. Lavoie was recognized in the 2015 US edition of Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in Real Estate and Construction.

Mr. Lavoie received his JD in 1990 from Georgetown University and his BA from the Catholic University of America in 1987. He is a member of the Housing and Land Use section of both the District of Columbia and Virginia Bar Associations. Mr. Lavoie is also a member of the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors. Mr. Lavoie serves as General Counsel to the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.


  • Georgetown University Law Center
    JD, 1990
  • Catholic University of America
    BA, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia


  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • The Virginia Bar Association
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