Samantha Ahuja

Of Counsel

Samantha Ahuja focuses her practice on hotel acquisitions, operations, development and finance, hotel management agreements, licensing agreements, and commercial real estate acquisition and sale.

She advises domestic and international clients on the acquisition and disposition of hotels and other commercial property, hotel management and operations, franchising, licensing and branding, restaurant management agreements, lease negotiations, and casino agreements. She regularly prepares and negotiates purchase and sale agreements, financing and development agreements, and other documents related to the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, management, and disposition of real and personal property with a focus on hotels and resorts.

Samantha regularly works on complex transactions involving a combination of hotels, resorts, condominiums, food and beverage facilities, and other shared access amenities. She also advises her clients on traditional and investor financing, joint ventures and capital and legal structures for complex transactions. She works regularly with her clients on piecing together the various aspects of a deal while taking into balancing the business and legal objectives of the client.

Samantha works closely with her clients to address operational issues that arise over the course of ownership. Most recently, she counsels clients on a wide range of blockchain related matters, from anti-money laundering and know-your-customer best practices for cryptocurrency transactions to legal issues associated with novel uses of blockchain within the hospitality industry.

Samantha also serves as pro bono counsel to many affordable housing cooperatives and tenant associations with the District of Columbia. She works with her clients to find alternative financing, investors or other government grants to maintain long-term housing affordability. 

Concentrations

  • Hospitality and resorts
  • Hotel management and operations
  • Hotel and commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financing
  • Real estate operations
  • Startup companies
  • Blockchain
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Capabilities

Experiencia

  • Served as primary legal counsel for 1415 Girard Street Cooperative which was recognized under the Community Impact category of Washington Business Journal's Best Real Estate Deals of 2012 and best small affordable housing project by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers’ (HAND).

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Listed, Law360, "Rising Stars," Hospitality, 2014-2015
  • Team Member, Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015
  • Listed, Washington Business Journal, Greater Washington Legal Champions "Rising Star," 2014
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013-2014
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010, 2013
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Pro Bono Commission, 2005-Present
    • Co-Chair, Minority Prelaw Conference Program, 2005-2011
  • Adjunct Professor and Board Member, Valparaiso School of Law Alumni Board
  • Volunteer teacher, Junior Achievement, 2002-Present
  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel, India Development Service (a nonprofit organization)
  • Volunteer, Assist in Financial and Legal Matters for Various Non-Profits in Ward 7 & 8, Washington, D.C.

Credentials

Educación
  • J.D., cum laude, Valparaiso University School of Law, 2004
  • B.S., American University, 1997
Admitida para practicar como abogado en
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia