John Lavoie

Partner in Charge – Reston
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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.

About John

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.

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

Jack also serves as general counsel to the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks.


Georgetown University Law Center
JD, 1990

The Catholic University of America
BA, 1987

Admissions & credentials

District of Columbia



Rankings & accolades

Chambers USA: Band 1 for Real Estate – Virginia: Northern (2020 – 2023)

The Best Lawyers in America: Construction Law and Real Estate Law

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  

Memberships & affiliations

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