Landlord of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s D.C. office seeks to evict ailing law firm over unpaid rent

The owner of the downtown office building housing Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Washington office is seeking to evict the law firm over $927,000 in unpaid rent, according to a lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court this week.

The suit, filed Monday by the owner of 1101 New York Ave. NW, Property Group Partners, lists $927,053 in unpaid rent between Feb. 1 and May 12.

Dewey, once one of the biggest law firms in the U.S., has quickly unraveled in the past four months as 180 of the firm’s 320 partners decamped to other law firms over a controversial compensation system that left Dewey unable to pay its partners. All four of the firm’s top leaders have landed at other law firms, including Charles Landgraf, a top insurance lobbyist in D.C. who joined Arnold & Porter this week.

A Dewey spokesperson did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. A representative for Property Group Partners declined to comment.

Dewey’s Washington office occupies about 140,000 square feet, including the top floor of the building. The firm has failed to pay about $550,000 in accrued monthly rent, $26,000 in late fees and other utilities charges, taxes and attorneys’ fees, according to the filing.

The building also houses Google’s Washington operations.

Catherine Ho covers lobbying at The Washington Post. She previously worked at the LA Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Wichita Eagle and the San Mateo County Times.

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