Which former White House official lives in this charming abode?

As we move deeper into election season, more of the nation’s attention is turning to Washington. So it seems only fitting for Lawyerly Lairs, our peek into the homes and offices of top legal talent, to follow suit.

In our last visit to D.C., we looked at residences worth around $500,000, a perfectly respectable sum. But today, to enhance the voyeuristic thrill, we’re upping the price point. We’re limiting ourselves to seven-figure residences.

Let’s have a look at some million-dollar homes in the Washington metropolitan area, shall we?

Our obsession with high-end real estate is shared by Washingtonian magazine. Our latest lairs come from the pages of that excellent publication. We’ll start with this home, recently sold by a former White House official (image via Google Maps; click to enlarge):

It features an American flag, so of course it was the home of a Republican. Washingtonian reports:

Former White House chief of staff Josh Bolten sold a home in Bethesda’s Brookmont neighborhood for $1.4 million. He bought the house in 2006 for $1.5 million. Bolten was chief of staff to President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009; before that, he was director of the Office of Management and Budget. He’s now a visiting professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and cochair of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

And Bolten is, for purposes of Lawyerly Lairs, an attorney by training. He graduated from Stanford Law School, where he served on the law review.

Elsewhere in Bethesda, a still-practicing lawyer sold his home at around the same price point:

Lawyer Peter Kreindler sold a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on Dalecarlia Drive in Bethesda’s Westmoreland Hills for $1.5 million. Built in 1951, the house has a koi pond. Kreindler is senior counsel at McDermott Will & Emery.

It makes sense that the house has a koi pond; Kreinder is a big fish, with a million-dollar résumé to match his million-dollar residence. As you can see from his MWE bio, he graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School, then went on to clerk for Judge Irving R. Kaufman (2d Cir.) and Justice William O. Douglas (who was not a particularly nice man). Before he joined McDermott, Kreindler served as general counsel for Honeywell International Inc.

Here’s what the home looks like (image via Google Maps; click to enlarge):

It’s a very pretty house, with a shaded front lawn, set back a good distance from the street. Hopefully Kreindler’s new home is as nice as the one he just sold.

Former Supreme Court clerks like Peter Kreindler fare well on the real estate front. Let’s check out the new home of a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas….


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