Paul Hanafin

Corporate Managing Director


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Professional Expertise

Paul is a 25-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry who has been directly involved in transactions valued in excess of $5 billion to date. As a corporate managing director at Savills Studley, he focuses on serving the real estate needs of institutional investors, developers, corporate users and non-profit organizations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Paul specializes in the acquisition and disposition of commercially zoned land and quality improved real estate. He has extensive experience arranging debt, equity and joint venture financing for a full range of commercial properties and transactions and is an expert in providing long-term strategic real estate advisory services to meet the priorities and requirements of for profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Throughout his distinguished real estate career, Paul has represented a variety of institutional investors, developers and organizations, including Principal Financial Group, J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Pacific Life Insurance Company, Lincoln Property Company, Grosvenor International, The Praedium Fund, Prudential Investment Management, New Boston Fund, TA Associates Realty, BPG Properties, LaSalle Investment Management, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, JBG Companies, The Akridge Company and Monument Realty. His roster of clients includes FINRA, National Association of Home Builders, State Services Organization, American Bar Association, Bureau of National Affairs, Federated Association of Societies of Experimental Biology, WETA, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Knights of Columbus, American Legacy Foundation, The Ocean Conservancy, Columbia Hospital for Women, and Population Services International.

Prior to becoming a tenant advisor, Paul spent ten years as United States foreign intelligence officer specializing in Middle Eastern affairs and Counter Terrorism.

Activities & Achievements

Outside of the office, Paul is a member of the Washington Board of Realtors and the District of Columbia Bar Association.


Paul received his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University. He has conducted post graduate studies in international affairs at Oxford University and is a licensed broker in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Paul Hanafin