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Steven Teitelbaum Adjunct Instructor Department of Finance and Real Estate

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Steve Teitelbaum is a Senior Real Estate Advisor for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).  WMATA is a, perhaps the, national leader among transit authorities in promoting transit-oriented development (TOD).  His work focuses on the business aspects of shepherding TOD projects on WMATA-owned property from conception through public bidding to contract negotiation and project completion.  In addition to handling specific projects, he drafted the suite of template documents that govern much of WMATA’s TOD program, some of which were included in a “best practices” addendum to the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s 2021 publication Guide to Joint Development for Public Transportation Agencies.

Before joining WMATA in 2011, he was a commercial real estate transactional lawyer with a wide-ranging practice in development, leasing, and acquisitions and sales.  Steve practiced at various prominent law firms for over three decades, the last 26 years of which were in the Washington, DC office of Jones Day.  He was often cited in various publications touting “best lawyers” in commercial real estate and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Steve is also an adjunct professor in the Master of Science in Real Estate program in the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, DC.  He currently teaches the courses in Real Estate Development and in Real Estate Transactions and Contracts.  He has spoken at dozens of professional conferences and seminars on topics as varied as TOD and commercial real estate leasing.

Steve has also authored various publications, including BOMA International’s Guide to Writing a Commercial Real Estate Lease and its ground-breaking successor Guide to Writing a Commercial Real Estate Lease, Including Green Lease Language.  The latter was a pioneer in the field of “green leasing.”

Born, raised and educated in New York City, Steve holds undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University.  He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and New York State.
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Spring 2023

  • REAL-735 Real Estate Transactions/Cont

Fall 2023

  • REAL-734 Real Estate Development