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Tony Calabrese, Cooley

DC has the best lawyers in the country (we're not biased at all). To highlight some of the city's best commercial real estate attorneys, we applied extensive use of statistics and the scientific method and bring you our latest installment of the legal minds that help DC's real estate industry thrive. (Check out Part 1 and Part 2.)


Tony seems fearless, whether it comes to working on the tallest office building in the DC area, or trying out the trapeze (inset). He focuses on zoning, land use and entitlement work, and secured approval for the 470-foot Capital One tower (second only in height to the Washington Monument's 555 feet). The first structure to be located at the new McLean Silver line Metro station, it broke ground this week with Sen. Warner and Gov. McAuliffe doing the honors. Across the street is the Tysons Corner Center Mall, which Tony's repped for more than 20 years, and has just finished the first phase of its 1.4M SF expansion. One of his proudest moments was his team winning the "Top Law Firm" award from the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors. It's a far cry from the job Tony had between getting his bachelor's degree in psychology from UVa and starting the University of Richmond law school: working at Quantico for the FBI Behavioral Science Unit (yes, the one featured in Silence of the Lambs). Above, he's with his oldest daughter of three, at the Triangle X Dude Ranch in Jackson Hole.