Sandra Buchko represents clients in retail, office, hotel, land and general real estate transactions including landlord and tenant leasing matters, acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties, hospitality, financing and related corporate matters.
Ms. Buchko advises public and private for-profit and non-profit clients on office and retail, bank, hotel, assisted living, multifamily and charter school real estate acquisition and disposition transactions. She represents clients on a wide range of single asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions that have included multi-state hotel and assisted living portfolios, urban and suburban office buildings, bank and retail pad sites, strip and enclosed mall shopping centers and charter schools. Ms. Buchko also represents clients in like-kind exchanges and financing matters related to real estate assets, including multi-family, office and retail centers.
Ms. Buchko has extensive experience representing national and international shopping center developers and tenants in leasing transactions and has also represented one of the largest equity firms in office leasing matters. She has represented both landlords and tenants in leasing transactions related to properties located within the United States, Canada, China and Romania. Ms. Buchko represents entrepreneurial landlords and tenants, major real estate developers, institutions and REITs in retail and office leasing transactions and related matters. Her leasing practice encompasses the representation of clients in outlet, strip and enclosed mall shopping center, urban streetfront retail and office leasing matters.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Buchko spent over a decade in retail leasing as a Retail Leasing Director in the outlet and mall business for Horizon (fka McArthur Glen Group), Konover Property Trust and Nine West Shoes where she was a known leader and top producer in the industry. Ms. Buchko began her business career as a retail broker in the Washington, DC office of Smithy Braedon. During her commercial leasing career, Ms. Buchko was also heavily involved in the development of new shopping centers across the country which included the creation and management of pro formas and budgets for projects.
During the last financial crisis, Ms. Buchko received an Appointment to the FDIC as Counsel to the Contracting and Risk Management Unit of the Legal Division where she received a number of awards for negotiations.
Ms. Buchko graduated from the University of Virginia prior to receiving her law degree from Campbell University. She also attended Vanderbilt University in France during her undergraduate education to study French literature and conversation and the McIntire School of Commerce Summer Business Institute at the University of Virginia for post graduate studies in business.
Ms. Buchko serves on the Capital Markets Committee for the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) and the Awards Committee for the Commercial Real Estate Development Association/Northern Virginia (NAIOP). She is also a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF) and the American Bar Association (ABA). Ms. Buchko is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.