Grier Hoyt

Co-Chair, Leasing

Washington, D.C.

(202) 747-0788

(202) 861-1905

Grier focuses his practice on negotiation and documentation of leases, acquisitions, development transactions, ground leases, and lease restructurings and workouts for office buildings, medical office buildings, shopping centers, industrial flex-use, warehouse, built-to-suit, and mixed-use properties. He represents owners, developers, and users in commercial real estate transactions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and along the East Coast. As a skilled negotiator, Grier thrives on structuring business deals to achieve advantageous results for all parties.
Grier is a leading leasing attorney in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and co-chair of the firm’s Leasing Practice. Throughout his career, he has closed more than 15 million sq. ft. in leasing transactions on behalf of landlords and tenants, including build-to-suit, headquarters, and high-end retail transactions.
Grier earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from University of Georgia. He earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law.



138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Further Expands its Washington D.C. Real Estate Practice, Adding Transaction Attorney James Grier Hoyt

June 18, 2019

Hoyt has closed leasing transactions on behalf of landlords and tenants in excess of 15 million square feet, including major build-to-suit and corporate headquarters deals.


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Georgia, B.A., magna cum laude, 1980

Awards & Honors

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Best Lawyers in America 2020

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Montgomery County Election Judge

American Bar Association, Leasing Committee

District of Columbia Building Industry Association