John Lavoie

Partner in Charge – Reston

I am passionate about commercial real estate. Our team has been the key advisor to corporate users, developers and institutions who have each brought transformative change to the Washington metropolitan area for many years.

Jack Lavoie serves as head of Cooley's real estate practice group and partner-in-charge of the Reston office. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, with an 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 representing 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.

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  • Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corp. Completes Merger With Inspirato 

  • Asymchem Agrees to Acquire Snapdragon Chemistry 

  • PN Hoffman Secures Approval for Development of the Wharf 

  • Johnson Controls on $7.5 Billion Joint Venture with SAIC's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems 



    Minor League Baseball

    American history

Jack Lavoie offers significant expertise in complex lease transactions, notably for data centers and corporate headquarters. He represents both landlords and tenants. Jack is a problem-solver, and fantastic on the transactional side. – Client

  • Georgetown University Law Center
    JD, 1990

  • The Catholic University of America
    BA, 1987

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia




  • Fairfax Bar Association

  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

  • The Virginia Bar Association

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

  • Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: Band 1 – Real Estate (2007– 2022) – One of two Northern Virginia lawyers recognized with this ranking in 2016

    The Best Lawyers in America: Construction Law and Real Estate Law (2007 – 2020)

    Virginia Business: Virginia 500 — The 2020 Power List

    Northern Virginia Magazine: Top Lawyers (2016)

    Washingtonian: Best Lawyers (2015, 2013) DC's Top Real Estate Lawyers (2014)

    The Washington Business Journal: Top Real Estate Transactions Lawyer (2008)

    Virginia Business' Legal Elite: Real Estate/Construction (2003 – 2005)

    Super Lawyers, Virginia and Northern Virginia: Real Estate Law