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Aaron G. Sokolow

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 15 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 17 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Aaron

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Aaron has litigated, argued, and tried landlord and tenant and real estate cases before judges and juries in the District of Columbia Superior Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals sitting en banc, Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Rental Housing Commission. A graduate of Tufts University and American University’s Washington College of Law, Aaron advises clients on a wide array of landlord and tenant and real estate matters. His advice helps clients balance the costs and benefits of a particular approach to find a resolution that makes business sense for them.

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Location

Battino & Sokolow PLLC
1213 33rd St NW
Washington, DC, 20007

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Posted by Ursula | May 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Landlord
Outstanding! At my first meeting with Attorney Sokolow , I was informed of the different avenues my case might take. Attorney Soklolow and his staff kept me informed on every detail related to my case. I needed an attorney who knew Landlord and Tenant Laws for the District of Columbia. I had a tenant who refused to move from a property, I wanted to sell. In my case the tenant moved and and the home was sold. Without the knowledge and support of Attorney Sokolow, I know the result would have not been favorable. I highly recommend, Attorney Sokolow to landlords and real estate professionals.
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Posted by Deborah | February 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Landlord
Best choice ever and money well spent. He carefully listed to my concern and provided several options. When I was in doubt, best practice was used. Great decision.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth Eviction Experience
First time dealing with a non-paying tenant as a property owner in DC. Aaron walked me through the process and potential pitfalls on the phone, and handled all filings and appearances in a professional manner. The case and actual eviction went about as smoothly as such things can go.
Posted by Stacey | August 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consistent, reliable, knowledgable
I appreciate an attorney that spends time in court but still has time for his clients. Aaron is responsive on email and it's nice to be able to pull up an old email to review what was discussed. He is reliable. He has been successful in getting several tenants evicted for me and got them on payment plans they're keeping. Finally Aaron is very knowledgeable on DC tenant law. I enjoy reading his blog and appreciate the way he uses it to keep clients informed. As a small landlord I appreciate that Aaron doesn't make me feel like a small client. He's quick to respond. The invoices are thorough and include summations of conversations.
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Posted by Gail | April 28, 2015
great services
Very professional and kept me informed of the process every step of the way. I would rehire him for my next encounter with the court system.
Posted by Anne | March 20, 2015
Very Communicative and resolved all issues!
We may be biased coming from a not so great experience with our previous attorney for landlord tenant cases in DC but Aaron and his team we've dealt with have been the exact opposite in a very positive way. I came across Aaron on an internet search, we were running short on time and options to resolve some of our active cases so we gave him a chance. Aaron and his team have resolved not only outstanding issues we had from our previous representation but we have developed a confidence with their offices that we have yet to have a case where we were not fully represented. We have come across some 'interesting' cases where it is not a cut and dry approach but Aaron has always given us great advice with alternative approaches to achieve the same results. Bottom line, Aaron has accepted anything we've thrown his way, he's never turned us away and his pricing structure was upfront and honest. I'd recommend Aaron to ANYONE!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2015
Landlord Tenant Case
I used Mr. Sokolow services for a case and he was EXCELLENT! He was very thorough and detailed. He kept me informed throughout the case and was very responsive. I had no issues with his service. I was pleased with the out come of the case and would highly recommended him to anyone who is seeking a competent Landlord tenant lawyer.
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Posted by Julie | January 24, 2015
Spectacular Landlord/Tenant Attorney!
I am a real estate agent in the District of Columbia and work closely with investors/buyers in obtaining investment properties. Often we come across homes with existing tenants. All those who have invested in DC before know that the worst properties to purchase are ones with existing tenants in the District because DC is pro-tenant on ALL levels! I came to know Mr. Sokolow on a matter relating to a case in NE DC whereby tenant had occupied the property we purchased in 2013. Tenant would not pay rent and stayed for 15 months at the home paying nothing, was unresponsive to notices we would send her, and would not allow access to the property! To make the situation even more complicated, we were dealing with a tenant who used to be an attorney who took us through the ringer since she clearly knew the loopholes on tying up a property as a tenant!!! We obtained Mr. Sokolow's services in October 2014 and by December Mr Sokolow was in court with the first hearing. By January 20th we were scheduled for trial! Never having met Mr Sokolow, the day of the trial, he sat down with me for a good 10-20 min period to review my documents of evidence and off to trial we went. Mr Sokolow was able to put information together in such an impressive timely manner given the short time allowed for us to collaborate but he shined like a star in the courtroom! His knowledge of landlord/tenant law is quite impeccable! Almost seemed like he fought with his hands behind his back! He had quick and efficient rebuttal and backed the Defendant to the wall on numerous occasions by proving she lied in her own testimony. Mr. Sokolow never made me feel nervous about testifying. He merely instructed to recollect the facts and truth and used it to the fullest to obtain the Judge's decision for possession. Even the Judge had to comment by saying the Defendant "whipsawed her own testimony". My sincere gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Sokolow for his services on what seemed like a never ending nightmare!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2015
Outstanding legal services
I was lucky to find a lawyer of Aaron Sokolow's caliber, dedication, and competence. I had a family based legal problem that I wanted resolved quickly within the regulations and laws of the District of Columbia. Mr Sokolow listened intently and provided outstanding legal strategy and guidance for my problems with great legal insight and foresight.. The predicted timeline for legal resolution was fairly accurate and I concluded Mr Sokolow was an outstanding lawyer that cared greatly about my legal problems with intelligence and perseverance. Mr. Sokolow is outstanding and a great reflection of the legal profession, I would not hesitate for his legal services and advice in the future.
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Posted by Frank | August 27, 2014
Landlord and Tenant Issues
Aaron is a straight shooting attorney and he does not paint any pretty pictures. If you have a weak case he will inform you of that fact. What I like about Aaron the most, is that he is a loyal unwavering advocate for landlords and this is a rare trait. I currently have a very difficult and destructive tenant and for more than four years I have been trying to get this tenant out of my property. I have worked with a few attorneys in the past but I was unsuccessful in getting this tenant out of my property. I was considering selling this property and moving on. One day, I decided to go to court to look for an attorney that at least seemed genuinely interesting in helping landlords. I watched several attorneys present their cases in front of the judge. I observed this well-spoken and passionate attorney argue his cases before the court. He also challenged the judge and the opposing attorney with fervor and commitment. I was moved with his dedication and enthusiasm. I contacted his Mr. Sokolow and the rest is history. Aaron was able to assist me with this difficult tenant even when I had no faith in obtaining a positive outcome. Through his efforts, this tenant will be moving out of my property in less to within 45 days due to an agreement he forged that the tenant, the tenant's attorney, and the court approved. If you are looking for an attorney that is honest, aggressive, and one who really looks for options to help landlords with difficult tenants, then Mr. Aaron G. Sokolow is the attorney for you.
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Posted by Nathan | August 22, 2014
For Landlord/Tenant disputes, HIRE MR. SOKOLOW
I could not have asked for a better experience with Mr. Sokolow. He listened, answered questions clearly, and fought hard on my behalf. I won all of my cases due to his thorough and thoughtful help. When sitting in DC Court, I saw the idiot parade of lawyers who went up to participate in other cases, and I became increasingly glad that I chose what I feel is the best representation I could have asked for. Choosing to hire attorney, and specifically choosing Mr. Sokolow, was the best decision I made while in the throws of a nightmare legal situation with tenants. It helped me sleep at night. He navigated the DC system expertly, treated me fairly, did not do any unnecessary work (at high $$/hour), and truly represented my interests from first contact through to the end. Worth every penny.
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Posted by frank | August 20, 2014
Aaron Sokolow
I am a DC property owner that was sued by one of my tenants. The complaint was unfounded. This was the first time anything like this has happened and it was stressful. A real estate agent recommended Mr. Sokolow to me. After our first meeting we formulated a game plan and he put me at ease. Mr Sokolow was caring and reassuring. During the mediation he brought forth lapses on the part of the tenants whiched were very much in my favor. I basically was exonerated of any fault and was most appreciative of Mr Sokolow and his assistannt Gwen. I would highly recommend Mr Sokolow to anyone with Real Estate difficulties Frank Damelio, MD
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
Mindful, quick, budget conscious, and trustworthy
I worked with Aaron on many landlord needs. He worked with me on identifying things I could do on my own and helped me find a cheaper consultant for permits etc and only took on work that he absolutely needed to do on his own. He was good about explaining all my options, and was through at making sure all of our my needs and protections as a landlord were taken care of detail by detail. I'm very grateful to Aaron for also being available for a phone or email consult (billable) when I was in court or in the permit office and needed something clarified urgently. He has treated me with utmost professionalism and kindness. I recommend him wholeheartedly.
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Posted by Kirsten | May 9, 2014
Great Landlord/Tenant lawyer!
Aaron was knowledgable and efficient when he helped me settle an ongoing dispute with my landlord. He wrote a letter to my landlord outlining the legal claims I had and my landlord was finally responsive. My only regret is not going to the firm long before I was fed up trying to play nicely. Even if my landlord hadn't responded, Aaron had a legal plan of action to help me get what was rightfully mine under the law.
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Posted by Seth | May 9, 2014
Amazing Lawyer in the DVM area.
Aaron Sokolow is the definition of professional and has his clients best interest in mind when working on a case. He made me feel at ease and treated my case as important as any other. I will and have recommended Aaron to my friends, family and coworkers.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Battino & Sokolow PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Morris Battino
  • 2007 - 2013

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Tufts University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sterman v. D.C. Rental Housing Commission; 2023 D.C. App. LEXIS 119 * | 293 A.3d 393.
  • Verdict for Client Landlord
  • Hernandez v. Banks, 84 A.3d 543 (D.C. 2014)
  • Hernandez v. Banks, 65 A.3d 59 (D.C. 2013)
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Associations

  • Member of DC Superior Court Landlord and Tenant Working Group
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar, Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Washington DC Rising Stars 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
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Publications

  • The National Law Journal
  • Housing Conditions Calendar creates a new forum for tenants
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • DC Superior Court L&T Mediation Roundtable
  • Landlord and Tenant Mediation
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (11)
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Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer! He was opposing counsel on a landlord & tenant matter, where he zealously represented his client: being quick witted, knowledgeable, and worked strongly toward his case, while being civil to me in the process, even throughout our differences in the matter. He is a great advocate for his clients and I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a landlord & tenant attorney!"
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been on opposite sides of lawsuits from Aaron on numerous occasions. Aaron is a zealous advocate for his clients; he tries to find amicable resolutions, to save his clients time and money."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Aaron is an excellent lawyer. I would highly recommend him."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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