Ian K. Portnoy, Phillips Lytle Senior Counsel

Ian K. Portnoy

Senior Counsel
Washington, DC
(202) 617-2713
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Mr. Portnoy focuses his practice on corporate and business activities, including corporate governance. He is nationally known for his work involving infrastructure development and finance, with particular expertise in representing developers of public/private projects throughout the U.S. He has been extensively involved in the privatization of facilities on military bases, enhanced use leases and the development of energy facilities on military bases. Mr. Portnoy has a wealth of experience in power purchase agreements with U.S. and foreign energy companies. Additionally, he represents not-for-profit entities including educational institutions at all levels.

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

  • Honored by the Big Brothers of the National Capital Area for service to Big Brothers and the Greater Washington community


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1968
  • University of Michigan, with honors, B.A., 1965

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section


  • Represented developer (privatizer) of housing on Bolling Air Force Base. This was part of a three-base $900,000,000 project in which the client ground leased the ground, had a quit claim title to improvements and is in process of constructing 800+ homes, and associated facilities for Officers and airmen.
  • Hired as an advisor to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (the real estate arm of the U.S. Navy) to work with and advise its professionals on the structuring of public private joint ventures and the negotiating of “commercial” transactions when disposing of excess Naval facilities.
  • Represented developers of office and retail facilities (some mixed use projects) at major locations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Each development involved land owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Metro) and involved a ground lease and structuring participation by Metro in aspects of the net or gross profits of the project.
  • Represented developers in Atlanta (with MARTA as the public agency), and in Oakland (with BART as the public agency).
  • Structured an EUL (Enhanced Use Lease) between a nursing home developer and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Structured EUL with U.S. Air Force for commercial office buildings to be leased back by U.S. Air Force.
  • Wrote legislation and worked with the District of Columbia City Council to have the legislation passed, resulting in material savings to clients.

Present Activities

  • The Embassy Series, Board of Directors, Chairman
  • Dumbarton Concert Series, Board of Directors, Chairman
  • InnerCity InnerChild, Board of Directors, Chairman
  • WETA Public Television and Classical Music for Greater Washington
    • Investment Committee, Chairman
    • Executive Committee, Member
    • Audit Committee, Member
    • Finance Committee, Member
  • Leadership Washington, Member
  • Not-For-Profit Leadership Circle, Founder
  • Washington Fringe Festival, Founding Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • ACORE, Member