Major, Lindsey & Africa Places Taryn D. Fielder as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Washington REIT

Hanover, MD (April 13, 2017) — Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world's leading legal search firm, today announced the placement of Taryn D. Fielder in the position of senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Washington REIT (Washington Real Estate Investment Trust) – a leading owner of commercial and multifamily properties in the greater Washington metro area (NYSE:WRE). The search was led by Deborah Ben-Canaan and Debbie Tang of Major, Lindsey & Africa's In-House Practice Group in Washington, D.C.

In this role, Ms. Fielder will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Washington REIT's legal operations, and serve as the principal legal advisor to Washington REIT's board of trustees and management team for matters related to commercial and capital market transactions, securities, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance.

"Taryn is an innovative thinker with a strong track record of providing strategic advice and counsel for a wide range of complex real estate transactions, joint ventures, leasing agreements, and financial arrangements," said Deborah Ben-Canaan. "She is well suited to help drive continued progress and enhanced long-term value for Washington REIT shareholders."

Prior to joining Washington REIT, Ms. Fielder was senior vice president and general counsel for ASB Real Estate Investments from 2013 to March 2017. Prior to that, she was assistant general counsel for DiamondRock Hospitality Company. In addition, she spent nearly seven years in the real estate group at Hogan Lovells, and several years practicing corporate and real estate law with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City.

Ms. Fielder earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Eckerd College in Florida.

About Major, Lindsey & Africa

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