Samuel M. Spiritos

Samuel M. Spiritos (McLean, Virginia)

Samuel M. Spiritos

Attorney in McLean, VA
Sam Spiritos' clients recognize him as a trusted 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 also Chairs the firm's Commercial Real Estate Transactions practice. 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.

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'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 Farms
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


•The Best Lawyers in America


•Sam Spiritos and Alexis Peters quoted in Law 360: Market Map: 4 Trends In Washington, DC, Property Deals
•As seen in The Daily Record, Sam Spiritos discusses first-year associate hiring
•Shulman Rogers Attorneys Honored by Inclusion on 2016 Best Lawyers Listing
•Shulman Rogers Attorneys Honored by Inclusion on 2015 Best Lawyers Listing
•Twenty-three Shulman Rogers Attorneys Recognized in The American Lawyer's Top Rated Lawyers Series
•Shulman Rogers Has Eight Attorneys Named to the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition Listing for Washington, D.C.


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

(301) 230-5236 (301) 230-5236
Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Commercial Lending
  • Commercial Real Estate Closings
  • Condominium and Homeowner's Associations
  • Construction Contracts
  • Distressed Assets
  • Financing
  • Foreclosure
  • Hospitality Law
  • Real Estate

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1988, New York
1989, District of Columbia
1990, Virginia
1993, Maryland
Law School Attended
University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
Class of 1987
cum laude, Buffalo Law Review, Senior Editor, 1986 - 1987
University Attended
The Wharton School of Management of the University of Pennsylvania
Class of 1984

State University of New York at Buffalo
Class of 1988
Birth Information
Born in 1962
New York, N.Y., January 29, 1962
Associations & Memberships


•American Bar Association, Member, Hospitality Committee
•Best Buddies Maryland, D.C. Metro Advisory Board Member

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.
1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 200,
McLean, VA 22102
(301) 230-5236
(301) 230-2891
Office Information
Office Information
Samuel M. Spiritos
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.
1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 200,
McLean, VA 22102

Maintains an office in multiple locations
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. (McLean, Virginia)