Overview

Roy Kaufmann is counsel to Jackson & Campbell, P.C. and is a member of the General Litigation, Business, and Real Estate practice groups.

His law practice focuses on litigation and transactional matters involving the purchase, sale, operation, titling, and financing of Real Estate and businesses, as well as licensing, employment, contract, and commercial leasing issues. He also serves in various fiduciary capacities as trustee for large trusts with holdings in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Kaufmann’s breadth of trial, appellate, and transaction experience in real estate, title, contract, and business matters has made him well-known in the legal and business communities. He is a frequent lecturer to the Bar and to Real Estate professionals on complex property and title issues. He has served as Chair of the District of Columbia Bar’s Real Estate, Housing, and Land Use Section and has also served as the lobbyist for the D.C. Land Title Association, the trade group representing title underwriters and agents in the District of Columbia and he is a frequent commentator and drafter of legislation.

Mr. Kaufmann serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Large, Complex Case and Commercial Panels. Cases have included complex contract disputes where disputes exceed $10M, construction and architect matters, corporate acquisitions, as well as real estate matters, title, fraud, and corporate governance disputes.

Mr. Kaufmann is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Mr. Kaufmann has earned an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition achievable for professional ability and ethics. Roy was also was selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine for his work in Real Estate and Business (2012-2016).

Mr. Kaufmann serves as the editor of the Firm’s Title and Real Estate Blog and Newsletter and has authored many of the articles therein.

Blog Posts

  • September 2017
    Roy L. Kaufmann Testifies before the D.C. City Council on proposed TOPA legislation

    Roy L. Kaufmann, from the Firm's Real Estate Group, testified before the D.C. City Council's Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization on behalf of the D.C. Land Title Association.  He testified on a proposed legislation to amend the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) called the TOPA Accessory Dwelling Act of 2017. REDLINE of DCLTA-requested revisions vs. current law 9-8-17... Read More >

  • September 2017
    New Emergency and Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulations

    The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), which oversees the Inclusionary Zoning program in DC, has new proposed regulations relating to Inclusionary Zoning.  The nature of these Emergency and Proposed regulations, can be found here.  Although the regulations are called “proposed”, they are effective.  Public comment ends on September 30.  If you care to make any comments, you... Read More >

  • August 2017
    Wire Theft - Third Major Money Wiring Theft in DC Area. Stop, review your procedures and alert your staff today!

    By: Roy L. Kaufmann I have become personally aware of THREE wire thefts affecting title companies in the immediate DC metro area.  One, wherein fraudsters got away with over $1,500,000, was the subject of a recent lawsuit. This is affecting local title companies -... Read More >

  • February 2017
    Commercial Tenant’s Lease – Estoppel and Attornment Considerations

    A standard provision of commercial lease agreements is an agreement by the Tenant to execute estoppel certificates, and to attorn to a lender. An estoppel certificate is a statement from the tenant to either a lender or a prospective purchaser that clarifies: what property is leased (often includes square footage) the length term of the lease that the lease has or... Read More >

  • February 2017
    Forgiven Debt – Taxable to the Borrower?

    Generally, if a borrower is required to pay a sum certain at a specific time, the obligation is considered “debt” under the Internal Revenue Code.  If the lender forgives a portion, it has “cancelled” the debt and the borrower must declare and take into income the dollar amount cancelled.  A lender may unilaterally decide that a debt is not collectable... Read More >

  • November 2016
    Attorneys Quoted in Legal Description Article

    Roy Kaufmann and Brian Thompson, attorneys here at Jackson & Campbell, P.C., were in The Legal Description article "Trump Victory Opens Door for Industry Changes."... Read More >

  • September 2016
    Under TOPA, a Bona Fide Offer Cannot Be Based on Future Market Value

    On September 22, 2016, in Parcel One Phase One Assoc.., LLP v. Museum Square Tenants Ass’n., Inc., No. 15-CV-609, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the tenants’ association that Parcel One’s offer of sale was not a... Read More >

  • September 2016
    Work In Progress – Further Technical Modifications to ZR16

    The Office of Planning recommended last Friday to the Office of Zoning further revisions to the new zoning regulations that became effective on September 6, 2016 (“ZR16”).  Such revisions notably include changes to measurements such as lot occupancies.  The proposed revisions (found here) will be considered on September 12... Read More >

  • September 2016
    Are You Ready? DC’s Overhauled Zoning Regulations Become Effective September 6

    DC’s new zoning regulations – referred to as “ZR16” – become effective September 6.  They are the product of a multi-year review by the Zoning Review Taskforce of the original zoning regulations enacted in 1958 and amended or updated through a patchwork process in the succeeding decades.  The Zoning Review Taskforce was comprised of representatives of the DC Government, the... Read More >

  • July 2016
    MD: Montgomery County Recordation Tax Changes Effective September 1

    James E. Babb, Tax Operations Manager for the Montgomery County Department of Finance, issued a memorandum explaining the revisions to the law concerning recordation tax, which goes into effect on September 1, 2016. He has included 12 examples which are intended to help the public understand their interpretation of the new law as it pertains to recordation tax calculations. A copy of Bill 15-16 can... Read More >

  • April 2014
    Online Filing - Income and Expense Report DC and Building Permits.

    DC moves its technology forward to facilitate easy on-line filing. Commercial property owners can anticipate receipt of notification from OTR that on-line filing of Income and Expense forms is available. While online filing will be option for this year, it will be mandatory next year. The due date for the form remains unchanged: April 15. The paper forms are available at the OTR website... Read More >