JLL Expands Government Leasing Team in DC – Commercial Observer


JLL has employed Austin Sanders and Howard Traul as senior directors of the company’s Washington, DC-based Government Investor Services leasing team

The two long-time federal leasing brokers drop by Cushman & Wakefield.

“We are very pleased to welcome Howard and Austin to the GIS team,” Bob VeShancey, JLL’s executive managing director, said in a statement. “Your deep knowledge of the [General Services Administration] coupled with their combined decades of experience are real differentiators and we are confident they will bring immense value to our customers in this space.”

Traul is no stranger to the JLL team, having previously worked for the firm on the federal tenants’ agency for eight years before spending the last seven years at Cushman & Wakefield.

Sanders spent six years with Cushman & Wakefield, having been part of Newmark’s Federal Leasing Group for six years.

“Current market conditions allow us to implement strategic solutions for clients,” said Sanders. “The market situation, coupled with JLL’s extensive service offerings, will enable us to create immense added value for the team and our customers. We are excited to join the team and get to work.”

The JLL team recorded last year Largest federal lease with the Securities and Exchange Commission take 1.2 million square meters for its new headquarters 60 New York Avenue NE. The lease ran for 15 years with an option to extend for a further 10 years. JLL repeated the landlord, a joint venture between Douglas development and midtown stocks.

Keith Loria can be reached at [email protected].


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