Marc Sobel is a founding partner of JM Zell as well as its general counsel.  His more than 25 years of real estate experience began as an attorney with the law firms of Simpson Thacher Bartlett in New York and Sidley Austin in Washington, DC.

Since forming JM Zell in 1989, he has provided legal consulting and strategic planning for a wide range of clients.  He advises on matters of construction, ownership and structuring of real estate interests and transactions, real estate financing, negotiation of lease and purchase transactions, and construction and architectural relationships.  

Marc has honed his practical knowledge of construction as project manager for significant commercial building projects in a number of geographic areas including Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles. His legal background and hands-on knowledge of real estate issues make Marc invaluable to our clients.  Marc’s strengths include his creative problem solving, real estate law expertise and project management skills.

Marc earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center following completion of an MSc at the London School of Economics and undergraduate studies at Georgetown University. A sought-after lecturer on commercial leasing for the DC Bar, Marc enjoys a 5-star AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.  Marc is also the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

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Philanthropy & Charitable Causes

Georgetown University
Kluge-Rhue Aboriginal Art Collection
National Gallery of Art


Professional Associations

The American Bar Association
The District of Columbia Bar Association
The State of New York Bar Association