Gerard Leval

Former General Counsel at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Gerard Leval

Gerard Leval

Former General Counsel at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Arent Fox

Gerard Leval

With a practice that ranges from international commercial and corporate transactions to conventional real estate transactions, as well as numerous nonprofit entities in various fields, Gerard Leval has a broad base of transactional experience. Since joining Arent Fox in 1981, Gerard has been engaged in an extensive transactional practice as a member of both the firm’s business and international groups.

Client Work

Among Gerard’s international clients are a leading French aerospace company, the governments of two francophone African nations, various multinational enterprises, European investment groups, and a variety of United States based investors. In the real estate area, he represents office building, hotel, retail, and residential developers and owners, as well as some of the leading condominium developers in the United States in their land acquisition and development matters and large scale land developers in their development activities. He has also represented major foreign corporations in their commercial and real estate activities in the United States and American entities in their activities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Gerard serves as general counsel to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council which oversees the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and is counsel to other cultural institutions, as well as to one of the largest service organizations in the United States.

Gerard is fluent in French and renders a significant portion of his legal services in that language.
Previous Work

Following graduation from law school, Gerard was associated for one year with Law Offices of S.G. Archibald in Paris, where he represented American clients in connection with their European, Middle Eastern and African investments. Upon returning to the United States, he joined a prominent Chicago firm where he developed transactional experience with an emphasis in sophisticated real estate transactions.
Professional Activities
Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Gerard has lectured on assorted real estate and related legal topics at seminars and conventions. Through the District of Columbia Bar Association, he recently taught a real estate contract seminar to a group of minority lawyers. He regularly lectures to law students and young lawyers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Due to his extensive pro bono services to the museum, Gerard has been recognized as a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum “Founder.”

Gerard was recognized as a leading real estate lawyer by Legal 500 for 2011.


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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Director at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Professor of History at Emory University

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President at Freedom House, Inc.

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Professional at Cornell University - Institute of Politics and Global Affairs

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Founding Partner at Live Oak - Gottesman LLC

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President at Lowenberg Corp.

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Managing Director-Scalable Solutions at Year Up, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Business Roundtable

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President & Chief Executive Officer, Forest City Residential Group at Forest City Enterprises LP

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Co-Founder & Executive Chairman at The Chertoff Group

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Gerard Leval
Former General Counsel at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Career History
General Counsel

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum's permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.


Arent Fox LLP (formerly Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn) is a law firm and lobbying group based in Washington, D.C.. The firm also has offices in New York City, San Francisco, California, and Los Angeles, California. In 2007, the National Law Journal ranked the firm as the 137th largest in the United States based on number of attorneys. In 2008, the firm was ranked 84th on's "Vault 100" survey of the most prestigious firms in the U.S.

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Senior Advisor at King & Spalding LLP


Former Senator from New York

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Gerard Leval is affiliated with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arent Fox LLP

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