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Samuel M. Spiritos
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
F (301) 230-2891
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Sam Spiritos' clients recognize him as a sophisticated transactional attorney, trusted business advisor and an effective negotiator who truly understands their business needs. Over the course of his twenty-five-plus year career of successful deal-making, Sam has developed not only a masterful legal ability, but also strong relationships with many of the key players in the DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia real estate markets. 

He draws upon this experience (which includes training at a “big law” firm), along with his education credentials, to provide efficient legal services and trusted business advice that enables his clients to succeed and grow.   

In addition to being Managing Shareholder of Shulman Rogers, Sam actively practices and advises clients in commercial real estate transactions involving all asset classes. In this role, he serves many of the preeminent players in some of the largest and most complex acquisition and development projects in the DC Metro Area.  Sam's legal acumen in the Real Estate arena has led to him previously serving as Chair of both the Shulman Rogers Real Estate Department and the Commercial Real Estate Transactions Practice Group.

Clients attest to the value Sam provides them through his unique skill set. Not only do they recognize him as one of the top real estate and transaction attorneys in the mid-Atlantic region, they also realize value from his knowledge of their business, his ability to provide pragmatic and on-point legal advice, and the meaningful connections to deals, investors, lenders and other opportunities that he generates for his clients. 

“I trust and value his judgment as a lawyer and a business advisor. He’s also the best at thinking ahead in terms of who I need to meet.” 

– Charles Gravely, Zuckerman Gravely

 “We call him when we need a high degree of sophistication, knowledge of and relationships within the greater D.C. real estate market.  He’s one of the most connected people in the field, and his willingness to make introductions to other players along with his skills, have always benefited me.  He takes my business so seriously, one might think it was his own.”         

  – Steve Cumbie, NVCommercial, Inc.

“Sam is always looking to introduce us to development or acquisition opportunities, and we have capitalized on Sam’s relationships.”                        

  – Cameron Pratt, Foulger-Pratt Companies

Sam's practice also includes a financing component. In this capacity, he represents both lenders and borrowers on commercial loan transactions, particularly acquisitions and development financings, asset based lending, health care financings, construction and permanent loans, retail, office and hotel development and financing, and workouts.

Sam also serves as the Chair of the firm’s Hospitality Practice where he focuses on deal structuring, purchase and sale contracts, franchise agreements, management agreements, financings (representing creditors and owners), joint ventures, construction and development.

As a nationally-recognized authority on hospitality related issues, Sam is frequently invited to speak at various industry events including the ALIS Hotel Conference (Negotiating Hotel Acquisition Agreements) and The Lodging Conference (Negotiating Franchise Agreements).

Representative Real Estate Transactions:

  •       Acquisitions, Financing and Leasing
          Square 85 Assemblage
          1900, 1920, L Street and 1020 19th St., N.W.
          311,062 sq/ft buildings
          Prime Class A redevelopment site     
  •       Acquisition, Financing and Leasing
          1400 Eye Street, N.W.
          175,000 sq/ft office building subject to
          WMATA ground lease     
  •       Acquisition, Financing and Leasing
          1625 K Street, N.W.
          121,000 sq/ft office building
  •       Hotel Joint Venture and Mixed Use Development
          City Market at O
          880 P Street, N.W.
          182 room hotel in 1,000,000 sq/ft
  •       Acquisition, Financing, and Development 
          "The Swift" in Petworth, Washington, D.C.
          62,400 sq/ft grocery store
          220 multi-family units
  •       Acquisition, Financing, Leasing and Disposition
          1350 Eye Street, N.W.
          381,000 sq/ft office building
  •       Acquisition, Financing and Development
          Tysons Central - Silver Line
           Rt. 7 and Rt. 123
           1,500,000 sq/ft mixed use project
           Apartments, office, hotel and retail     
  •       Acquisition, Financing and Development
          Rutherford Crossing
          151 Market Street, Winchester
          400,000 + sq/ft shopping center
  •       Acquisition and Financing
          493 units - Fairfield Crossing Apts.
          7703 Lee Highway, Falls Church
  •       Hotel Development and Financing
          Homewood Suites
          Dulles International Airport
          2185 Fox Mill Road, Herndon
  •       Acquisition and Financing
          BJ’s Wholesale Club
          6607 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church
  •       Acquisition and Financing
          Gaithersburg Hilton
          620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg
  •       Lord Baltimore Hotel
          20 W Baltimore St.
  •      Acquisition, Financing and Development
         Luxury Condominium Building
         4990 Fairmont, Bethesda



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Negotiating Hotel Acquisition Agreements, ALIS Hotel Conference
  • The Lodging Conference, Negotiating Franchise Agreements

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Best Buddies Maryland, D.C. Metro Advisory Board Chair
  • Montgomery College Foundation, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Member, Hospitality Committee
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, M.B.A, 1988
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 1987, Honors: Cum Laude Law Review: Buffalo Law Review, Senior Editor, 1986 - 1987
  • The Wharton School of Management of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1984
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America