Difede Ramsdell Bender PLLC is a boutique law firm focused exclusively on representing institutional clients in complex real estate transactions and tax matters.

Catherine Groves Ramsdell


Catherine co-founded DRB in 2014.  She has long represented the firm’s core clients in their real estate transactions, development work and corporate governance matters.

Catherine works closely with her clients throughout the life cycle of real estate investments and developments across the capital stack (equity and debt) and in nearly every asset class.  She is involved from nascent structuring through capitalization, design and pre-development, development, financing, leasing, management and disposition.

A significant portion of Catherine’s practice centers on construction and development, including structuring, contracting and risk management critical to prudent investment in and successful delivery of complex multi-phase and mixed-use development projects.

Catherine also focuses on corporate governance, compliance, policy and regulatory issues.  She was appointed acting Chief Compliance Officer of the firm’s core investment advisor client on an interim basis from mid-2017 to mid-2018 until a new CCO was engaged, reporting to the client’s Board of Directors in that role.

Prior to joining the Managing Principal of DRB in service of the firm’s core clients in 2005, Catherine practiced in the San Francisco and Washington, DC offices of Latham & Watkins.  There, she represented private equity funds and private and public companies in large-scale, international mergers and acquisitions, such as the $4B+ sale of an industrial textiles company to one of the largest U.S. based industrial manufacturing companies.  In between law firms, Catherine spent a year on the business side of M&A, marketing and structuring portfolio-wise risk management programs and insuring M&A risk, before returning to the practice of law.

 Catherine is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and California.  She is a member of CREW Washington DC, the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law and Business Law Section, and the DC Bar’s Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section.  She provides pro bono counsel to and has served on the boards of a number of local youth education and mentoring organizations and a local non-profit business association. Catherine founded the Montgomery County chapter of Decoding Dyslexia (MD).


Berkeley Law (University of California Boalt Hall School of Law), J.D., 2000, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law

University of Michigan, B.A, 1994


900 Seventh Street, NW, Suite 810
Washington, DC 20001

Email: cgramsdell@drblaw.net
Main: (202) 558-2900
Direct: (202) 223-1043