UCLA Law School, J.D., 1975

  • Order of the Coif
  • Law Review
  • Moot Court

Stanford University, B.A., 1972


  • French

Roberta F. Colton


Roberta F. Colton practices corporate and commercial real estate law, concentrating on commercial transactions, including corporate and partnership structuring, financing and other business ventures for domestic and foreign clients. She has represented commercial banks, savings banks, insurance companies and other institutional lenders, and real estate developers, retail business, publishers, non-profit associations, hospitals and universities.

Representative transactions include: Renovation and refinancing of the National Press Building, Washington, DC; acquisition and tax-exempt bond financing for national headquarters of American Speech-Hearing-Language Association in Rockville, Maryland; acquisition and financing of The Bristol Hotel, Washington, DC; construction financing for The Regency Hotel, Washington, DC; acquisition of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Houston, Texas; acquisition and refinancing of The Days Inn, Washington, DC; acquisition and financing of new headquarters building for the Service Employees International Union, Washington, DC; refinancing of United Unions headquarters in Washington, DC.

From 1991-1993, Ms. Colton served as Commissioner of the District of Columbia Real Estate Commission where she chaired the Commission's Legal Committee. The Commission oversees regulation of real estate brokers, salespersons and property managers licensed in the District of Columbia, including handling complaints as well as undertaking policy initiatives. She also served as assistant counsel to the U.S. Senate, Office of the Legislative Counsel, where she drafted legislation, primarily for the Judiciary and Rules Committees, as well as individual Senators.

Ms. Colton has lectured at workshops sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center and the DC Bar. She is past president and a member of the Board of Directors of Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization providing transitional housing for homeless families. She is also a member of Commercial Real Estate Women.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Past president and member, Board of Directors, Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation, Inc.
  • Commercial Real Estate Women