Katherine M. Noonan


Tel 202.661.7657
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Katherine M. Noonan represents developers in mixed-use projects, including analyzing project structure and the drafting, negotiation, and recordation of condominium documents. Katie works with developer and association clients with regard to ongoing compliance with governing documents and project operations. She has assisted numerous clients on local law compliance in the disposition of multifamily residential projects. She focuses specifically on rights of first refusal in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Md., as well as the District of Columbia's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).

Katie has represented lenders and borrowers with a variety of energy projects, including solar, hydroelectric, and gas-fired electric generation facilities, addressing the specific real estate issues related to acquisition and financing.

Katie also has significant leasing experience, representing both landlords and tenants in a range of office and retail leasing matters.

Representative matters:

  • Represented national trade association in the negotiation of its headquarter office space in the District of Columbia.
  • Represented national retailer in connection with its acquisition of land and consolidation of parcels for the construction of large distribution center.
  • Represented District of Columbia developer in the creation of high-end residential condominium in Georgetown.
  • Represented multifamily developer with regard to compliance with Montgomery and Prince George's County right of first refusal laws triggered by corporate merger.
  • Represented owner of D.C. multifamily project in connection with TOPA compliance.
  • Represented lender in connection with real estate disposition following foreclosure of mixed-use project in Prince George's County, Md.
  • Represented national corporation in the negotiation of office leases for sites throughout the country.
  • Represented lending institution in connection with real estate matters related to 10-site solar facility loan.
  • Represented local developer in connection with shopping center acquisition and financing.

Pro Bono Matters:

  • Represent District of Columbia social services agency in connection with leasing matters.
  • Represented District of Columbia charter school with regard to leasing issues and certain financing matters.

Katie serves on the Board of Trustees for the Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School in the District of Columbia.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Maryland Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia named Katie to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2014, for providing 100 hours of pro bono service in the prior calendar year.


Author, "What Does COVID-19 Mean For My Lease?BOMA Magazine, May/June, 2020

Author, "How Leases Govern Common Area Modifications," BOMA Magazine, January/February, 2020

Co-author, "Seal or No Seal? Virginia Supreme Court Decision Should Prompt Closer Scrutiny of Leases," Ballard Spahr alert, July 17, 2018

Author, "Green Leasing Updates," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, March/April 2018

Author, "Documenting Common Areas in Office Leases," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, July/August 2017

Author, "Going Green Without a Certification," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, May/June 2017

Author, "Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with Problem Tenants," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, March/April 2017

Author, "Are Pets a Good Fit For Your Office Building?" Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, January/February 2017

Co-author, "Work Letter Landmines," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, November/December 2015

Co-author, "Making the Most of Lease Abstracts," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, September/October 2015

Co-author, "The Do's and Don'ts of Navigating "Green" Requirements and Commitments," Legal-Ease column for BOMA Magazine, May/June 2015

Co-author, "Commercial Leasing: 5 Hot Button Issues," Legal-Ease column BOMA Magazine, September/October 2014

Co-author, "Public Offering Statement Disclosure Limits Developer's Liability," Ballard Spahr alert, September 8, 2014

Co-author, "Implied Restrictive Covenant Prevents Conversion of Golf Course to Residential Lots," Ballard Spahr alert, August 5, 2014

Co-author, "Top 10 Issues for Existing Mixed-Use Project," Legal-Ease column for BOMA Magazine, July/August 2014

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Tackling Large Scale, Long Term, Mixed Use Real Estate Development Projects," Maryland State Bar Association Advanced Real Property Institute, 2018

Speaker, "Green Lease Update," BOMA's National Advisory Council Meeting, Chicago, May 4, 2018

University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D. 2007, magna cum laude)

Loyola University Chicago (B.A 2000, magna cum laude)
Recipient, President's Medallion for the College of Arts and Sciences; Member, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society

District of Columbia