By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
David H. Ehrenwerth has rejoined K&L Gates after two-and-a-half years as an official in the Obama administration.
President Obama had appointed Ehrenwerth as the regional administrator of the General Services Administration and, most recently, as associate commissioner of the U.S. Public Buildings Service.
Ehrenwerth is rejoining K&L Gates’ real estate investment, development and finance practice.
At the U.S. Public Buildings Service, Ehrenwerth helped manage the government’s national real estate portfolio of nearly 400 million square feet across 10,000 properties. He also served as the agency’s senior Recovery Act official, overseeing the expenditure of $5.5 billion allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the construction and energy-efficient renovation of a variety of federal buildings throughout the country.
Ehrenwerth advises real estate developers, closely held entities, investment groups and lenders, as well as major hospitals, foundations and economic development organizations, on a range of business matters. He has a particular focus on real estate development, finance, corporate transactions and domestic and international joint ventures.
“We are delighted that Dave has returned ‘home’ to K&L Gates,” Carolyn M. Branthoover, administrative partner of K&L Gates’ Pittsburgh office, said in a statement. “As they have done in the past, we expect many of the firm’s clients will benefit considerably from Dave’s impressive private and public sector experiences, including his latest work with the GSA and Public Buildings Service.”
Ehrenwerth first joined K&L Gates in 1974 and was elected to the partnership in 1979. He served for more than a decade on the firm’s management committee and as administrative partner of the Pittsburgh office.