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Robert Gage
Robert J. Gage
Senior Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5636 rgage@cov.com Download V-card

Robert Gage is the former head of the firm’s real estate practice and advises clients on matters including acquisitions, finance, leasing, construction and general commercial and non-profit organization law.

Mr. Gage has been counsel on transactions that include the sale of Pepco Holdings, Inc.’s Conectiv Energy’s 19-plant power generation subsidiary; acquisition and development of headquarter facilities for the National Academy of Sciences; the American Center for Physics and the Potomac Electric Power Company; the development of Bridgemarket in New York City; the development of the Washington Nationals’ baseball stadium on behalf of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission; the development of Olde Towne, Raleigh, NC; the redevelopment of The Brookings Institution’s headquarters and property; and the master leases of Union Station by Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, lessee from the United States Government of Washington, DC’s Union Station.

  • Ourisman Automotive Group.  Serves as principal outside counsel for this group of automotive dealerships in the Washington, DC area, including acquisition of new dealerships, ground leasing, construction and development of dealership facilities, and redevelopment of excess property.
  • Union Station Redevelopment Corporation.  Acted as outside general counsel, including the administration of USRC’s ground lease with the Federal Government and subordinate master sublease for the office and retail portions of the Union Station complex, establishment of the District of Columbia’s intercity bus terminal at Union Station, negotiation of air rights development agreements and access easements with respect to the Amtrak railroad yard and adjacent developments, and design, project management, and construction agreements and related financing for its Phase II expansion of the parking garage and numerous other projects.  This award winning redevelopment project marked a renaissance for interstate passenger rail.
  • National Football League.  Advised the NFL on numerous stadium financings, which are controlled by league requirements to protect the NFL from risks inherent in such financings.  Objectives for the League include retention of stadium leases as team assets, regardless of financing defaults, and to ensure adequate League controls over the stadiums.
  • PEPCO.  Represented Potomac Holding Inc. in the sale of its Conectiv Energy subsidiary with 19 power generation plants in 6 mid-Atlantic states, including resolution of over 200 title defects during a 3-month period between contract execution and closing, and negotiation of complex easements, ground leases and other significant land use documents.  Represented PEPCO in the development of its DC headquarters facility.
  • DC Sports and Entertainment Commission.  Represented the quasi-governmental agency in negotiations with Major League Baseball, prospective real estate developers, and the ownership of the Washington Nationals professional baseball club in establishing the new District of Columbia ballpark.
  • Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation.  Advises the Foundation on continuous work on design, project management, and construction contracts on major capital improvements projects on the close of the National Cathedral, including the underground structured parking facility and classroom buildings and playing fields for Beauvoir School, NCS and St. Alban’s School.
  • GOJO Industries, Inc.  Represented GOJO in the acquisition, design and reconstruction of the 260,000 square foot former B.F. Goodrich World Headquarters in Akron, Ohio, as GOJO’s headquarters, and other acquisition, construction and development projects.  The GOJO headquarters development included a design contract among four design firms.
  • American Trucking Associations, Inc.  Represented this prominent trade association in the disposition of its previous headquarters’ properties in a series of related transactions, as the lead tenant and joint owner in the development of an office building for its current headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and in the leasing of its new Capitol Hill office building.
  • RREEF.  Represents this national institutional asset manager with respect to its leasing of a portfolio of multi-tenant office buildings in northern Virginia.
  • National Academy of Sciences.  Represented the Academy in the development of a new downtown Washington office building and the $60,000,000 restoration of its historic headquarters building adjacent to the National Mall.

Pro Bono

  • Latin American Youth Center
  • D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center (Safe Shores)
  • Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington DC
  • Atlantic Council
  • Pyramid-Atlantic, Inc.
  • Community Connections, Inc.
  • Mr. Gage gave the commencement keynote address at his alma matter, Kent State University. He was also recognized by the University for his accomplishments (12/19/2015). Mr. Gage’s speech was featured in the Ravenna, Ohio Record-Courier piece, “‘Don’t settle,’ speaker urges newest KSU grads” (12/20/2015).
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers (2008-2016)
  • Legal 500 US (2007-2016) 
  • Washingtonian "Top Lawyers" (2013)
  • Lawdragon 500: Leading Dealmakers in America (2008)
  • Washington Business Journal: Top Washington Lawyer for Real Estate Transactions, Finalist (2007)