WASHINGTON, D.C.—Elizabeth Lee is the new Managing Partner of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Washington, D.C. office, effective Feb. 1, 2018. Lee, a real estate finance lawyer who has practiced at the firm since 1989, also currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

Lee’s practice includes guiding life insurance companies, banks, and other financial institutions through complex secured lending transactions. Clients rely on her to structure and negotiate eight- and nine-figure commercial real estate loans in the D.C. area and across the country. In the community, Lee serves as Senior Warden of Grace Episcopal Church and recently helped lead that historic building’s award-winning restoration project.

As Office Managing Partner, Lee will lead a team of 40 lawyers and 72 total team members.

She replaces long-time Womble Bond Dickinson D.C. Office Managing Partner Pam Rothenberg, who led the D.C. office for the last 13 years. During her tenure, Pam worked to establish a collaborative and innovative office culture. She started Operation Access, which was an initiative where Womble lawyers provided legal and business guidance to existing or aspiring entrepreneurs in the Washington, D.C. region. She also introduced Womble to the Gallup Organization and engaged the entire DC office as the first to undertake Strengths-Based Training. Pam has been instrumental in initiating and building the Firm’s relationship with the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region. She will continue to grow her award-winning Commercial Real Estate practice and will continue to lead the Impact Economy business, which she founded at the firm. In August 2011, Rothenberg led the D.C. Office’s move to its current location at 1200 Nineteenth Street, giving the firm a modern, efficient space in the heart of downtown.

“I am honored to be entrusted by my colleagues with leading the Washington, D.C. office,” Lee said. “Pam did an outstanding job as Office Managing Partner, fostering an environment focused on client service and innovation. I intend to continue that work in helping Womble Bond Dickinson grow and thrive as part of the Washington community.”