Local Counsel with Robert Brewer Jr.

The Bethesda attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers — January 2018

Best place to take a client  -  Black’s Bar & Kitchen. The food is great, the outside dining area is fabulous in good weather, the location is very convenient—in the heart of downtown Bethesda next to a public parking garage—and the after-work bar scene is hopping.

Weekend getaway  -  Head to downtown DC to a grand hotel in the dead of winter, when the rates are cheap and the museums are all open and free. Check out first-class exhibits, dine at a well-known DC restaurant, and then catch a show—all while being only eight miles from home. Fun, easy, and relatively inexpensive.

Favorite breakfast spot  -  Daily Grill in the Hyatt Regency hotel above the Metro in Bethesda. The food is reliable and good; the servers are friendly; and it’s always full of people getting business done.

Best view  -  The top floor of the Chevy Chase Bank building (Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway) looking south. Wisconsin Avenue is a ridge road, and Bethesda is hundreds of feet in elevation higher than downtown DC, so the full array of spires and monuments downtown can be seen from here.  

Favorite park  -  Veterans Park in the Woodmont Triangle. It’s intimate, lively, and the center of what’s going on. Not to mention being a good spot for people-watching.

Favorite movie theater  -  The Avalon Theatre, just below Chevy Chase Circle on Connecticut Avenue. Built in the 1920s and now owned by a community nonprofit, it shows a great mix of independent and thoughtful films. Bonus—It’s within walking distance from my house and makes for a nice stroll in good weather.

Best place for people watching  -  Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant in the Bethesda Row district of downtown Bethesda. Situated on a prime corner with superb outdoor dining facilities, it provides a never-ending perspective on our local community’s passersby.  

Favorite building  -  Our firm’s new space at 7600 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. It’s a block from Metro, and near the heart of Woodmont Triangle, with lots of wonderful restaurants.

Favorite historical fact  -  Then-Judge Harry Truman dedicated the “Madonna of the Trail” statue in front of the Bethesda Post Office in 1929.

Favorite courthouse perk  -  Being able to rely on one of our former partners (now a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge), for all of the important courthouse gossip.

Favorite thing about your office (besides the people)  -  Our new electric standing desks.

Go-to arts venue  -  Music Center at Strathmore. It has something for everyone—pop, classical, world, rock, blues music and so much more!

Best City Sports Moment  -  The Nationals signing Bryce Harper. With his presence and so many other stalwarts—Zimmerman, Strasburg, Rendon, Turner, Murphy, Wieters, Scherzer, Taylor—the Nats may win it all this year.

Most Famous resident  -  In my neighborhood, columnist George Will. He didn’t appeal much to Democrats until his columns about the current presidency.

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