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Notable, Washington D.C. Commercial Real Estate Broker Petch Gibbons Joins Coakley Realty

Together, Gibbons and Coakley Realty set out to expand their DC footprint and assist an underserved segment of local and regional owners and tenants in navigating an evolving D.C. CRE market to achieve their real estate goals.


ROCKVILLE, MD — September 20, 2023 —
Rory S. Coakley Realty, Inc. (Coakley Realty), a premier full-service residential and commercial real estate company in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area since 1989, welcomes D.C. market leader in commercial real estate sales and leasing, Petch Gibbons to Coakley Realty, expanding the company’s full-service approach to the D.C. market.


Gibbons brings a 30-year proven track record of success, having represented over 3.5 million square feet of space for owners and tenants. This includes many of Washington D.C.’s notable landmarks from the Washington Harbour to the Warner Theater Office Building. Gibbons has also represented many premier companies and non-profit organizations such as Merrill Lynch, and the National Children’s Museum.


Throughout Gibbons career, he has owned, managed, and led many of Washington D.C.’s premier commercial real estate companies as President and CEO, Executive Managing Director, and Principal. These include Barnes, Morris, Pardoe & Foster, Inc, Insignia ESG (now CBRE), Advantis/St. Joe Company, J Street Companies, and Cushman & Wakefield. Gibbons most recently held a Senior Counsel position at Summit Commercial and is a Principal at Outlier Reality Capital.


With a solid position in Montgomery County, Maryland, the addition of Gibbons expands Coakley Realty’s commercial real estate sales and leasing services as well as its specialized full-service property management, property development, property appraisals, and tax appeal solutions to Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.


“In today’s market, corporate and institutional firms have the Fortune 500 companies well covered,” explained Gibbons. “I am concerned with local and regional owners and tenants, who are navigating the evolving D.C. commercial real estate environment on their own and do not have experienced representation to assist them through these complex processes. By joining forces with Coakley Realty, I can offer clients my ability to steer sophisticated real estate transactions through a more full-service approach. Whether it is driving a renegotiation on an office lease or helping an owner appeal an inaccurate property tax assessment. I am highly motivated by my understanding of the D.C. market, coupled with the breadth of commercial real estate solutions Coakley Realty provides, and the exceptional returns we will generate for clients.”


“Coakley Realty has represented local and regional commercial owners and tenants in Montgomery County, Maryland for over 34 years,” Rory S. Coakley, President of Coakley Realty stated. “Expanding into the D.C. market is a natural step in our growth trajectory. The current transitional period the D.C. market is experiencing means many opportunities for Coakley Realty. To successfully serve clients in D.C., we needed the in-depth insight, hyper-focus, and relationships Petch Gibbons brings. Petch and I have known each other for several decades. We are both former Chairmen of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital area and have a shared passion for philanthropy and serving the community. There is a great amount of mutual respect and synergy between us, and I look forward to what we will accomplish together.”


About Coakley Realty

Founded in 1989, Coakley Realty is a premier full-service residential and commercial real estate company in the Washington, DC metropolitan area specializing in residential and commercial real estate sale and leasing, property management, tax appeals, appraisals, and litigation support. Coakley Realty’s staff of experienced consultants offer home buyers, home sellers and business owners the best in real estate service and high levels of expertise in analysis and negotiating skills. For more information, please visit

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