Antonio Calabrese > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Reston, Virginia, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
1775 WIEHLE AVENUE
SUITE 400
RESTON, VIRGINIA 20190-5159
United States

Work Department

Real Estate

Position

Partner

Career

Antonio Calabrese focuses his practice on land use, zoning and complex development projects. He represents major corporate users, developers and national, regional and local operators in all aspects of land use.

Tony has obtained zoning and entitlements for some of Northern Virginia’s most prominent projects. His clients include owners and operators of office projects and corporate headquarters; data centers and web hosting facilities; retail projects, including super regional malls; industrial facilities; single family and multi-family residential and townhouses; entertainment projects; telecommunications facilities; hotels and resorts; and large-scale residential and planned communities.

Memberships

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Northern Virginia chapter

Education

J.D., University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., University of Virginia

Leisure

 

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Land use/zoning

Best in class from strategy to legal analysis’, DLA Piper LLP (US) is instructed by real estate developers, investors, technology companies and professional sports teams. In northern Virginia, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Antonio Calabrese from Cooley LLP; he provides ongoing advice to Macerich on the development of Tysons Corner Metro Station, and is also advising Mitre on a 1 million square foot expansion of its campus. In Chicago, chair of the land use, development and government relations practice Theodore Novak, along with Paul Shadle (‘very responsive and helpful in complex real estate matters’), and Mariah DiGrino advised Farpoint Development on multiple land use, zoning and development matters, including GRIT, a vacant 90-acre site owned by the City of Chicago awaiting the development of a high-end mixed-use project, as well as the rehabilitation and renovation of the historic Uptown Theatre, to be re-opened as a 5,800-capacity entertainment venue. Moreover, Novak, DiGrino and Richard Klawiter, vice-chair of the real estate practice, advised 601W Companies on the $500m renovation and rehabilitation of the 2.5 million square foot Old Main Chicago Post Office. Names to note in Los Angeles include Jerold Neuman, Kyndra Joy Casper, and senior associate Andrew Brady, and John Rattigan acts as managing partner of the Boston office.

Cooley LLP’s Mark Looney is advising Comstock Partners on the final approval stages of the Reston Station development, and is also advised Woodfield Acquisitions on its project involving replacing a vacant two-story office building with a new 308-unit apartment building. The practice group has expertise in zoning, entitlement and permitting processes throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC relating to a variety of project types such as retail, hospitality, industrial, entertainment, telecoms, data centers and planned communities. Also recommended are Colleen Gillis and ‘outstanding’ associate Jill Parks, who ‘works tirelessly for her clients’. John Lavoie heads the practice group. All named lawyers are based in Reston. Antonio Calabrese moved to DLA Piper LLP (US) in May 2018.

United States > Real estate > Real estate

Very commercial in its approach, with a unique understanding of the real estate business’, DLA Piper LLP (US) handles the full range of real estate matters, including permitting, development, capital markets and joint venture transactions. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use development projects, cross-border transactions, acquisitions and sales, financing on the lender and borrower side, sports development projects, leasing, construction and design, and corporate matters. Clients include private and public companies, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, developers, lenders and government entities. Boston-based US real estate chair John Sullivan, who is ‘smart and commercial, and a great person to deal with’, recently advised Cottonwood Management on its $900m development of Echelon Seaport. Atlanta-based Maxine Hicks acted for Texas Rangers Baseball Express on advising, drafting and negotiating the documents for a $1bn mixed-use project, which includes the team’s new ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The firm continues to act as national real estate counsel for Blackstone on the acquisition, sale and financing of hotels across the country. Another key highlight included advising the Walt Disney Company on the real estate aspects of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Other clients include Uber, Prudential Real Estate Investors, InterContinental Hotels Group, Greystar Capital Partners and AIG Global Real Estate. Also recommended are Washington DC-based Jay Epstien, who co-chairs the global real estate sector, and Boston-based Cara NelsonChris Smith joined from Shearman & Sterling LLPAntonio Calabrese joined from Cooley LLP, Scott Kapp joined from Dentons; and Bruce Saber joined from Arnold & Porter; they are based in New York, North Virginia, Chicago and New York respectively. Frederick Klein in Washington DC and Michael Hamilton in Los Angeles are also recommended.