COPT Announces Changes to Its Board of Trustees

  COPT Announces Changes to Its Board of Trustees

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COLUMBIA, Md. -- March 27, 2014

Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OFC)
announced that, following the scheduled expiration of their current terms at
the Company’s May 8, 2014 annual meeting of shareholders, Jay H. Shidler, Clay
W. Hamlin, III and Kenneth D. Wethe will leave the Company’s Board of
Trustees. Following the meeting, COPT’s Board will consist of nine members.

“The Board is greatly appreciative of the outstanding stewardship that Jay,
Clay and Ken have provided since the early days of our Company. During their
tenure, the Company experienced periods of industry leading returns and grew
from 1.5 million square feet of Class A office space to 17.4 million square
feet today,” said Thomas F. Brady, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Shidler commented, “Clay, Ken and I have been honored to serve in our
respective capacities at COPT. We leave with full conviction that management
and the Board are positioned to take advantage of the growth opportunities in
its strategic niche and markets.”

Company Information

COPT is an office REIT that focuses primarily on serving the specialized
requirements of U.S. Government agencies and defense contractors, most of
which are engaged in defense information technology and national
security-related activities. As of December 31, 2013, COPT derived 70% of its
annualized revenue from its strategic tenant niche properties and 23% from its
regional office properties. The Company generally acquires, develops, manages
and leases office and data center properties concentrated in large office
parks primarily located near knowledge-based government demand drivers and/or
in targeted markets or submarkets in the Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore
region. As of December 31, 2013, the Company’s consolidated portfolio
consisted of 183 office properties totaling 17.4  million rentable square
feet. COPT is an S&P MidCap 400 company.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements, as defined in
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company’s current expectations,
estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting
the Company. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words
such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,”
“estimate,” “plan” or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements
are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company
cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even
anticipate. Accordingly, the Company can give no assurance that these
expectations, estimates and projections will be achieved. Future events and
actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the
forward-looking statements.

Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and
projections include, but are not limited to:

  *general economic and business conditions, which will, among other things,
    affect office property and data center demand and rents, tenant
    creditworthiness, interest rates, financing availability and property
    values;
  *adverse changes in the real estate markets including, among other things,
    increased competition with other companies;
  *governmental actions and initiatives, including risks associated with the
    impact of a prolonged government shutdown or budgetary reductions or
    impasses, such as a reduction in rental revenues, non-renewal of leases,
    and/or a curtailment of demand for additional space by the Company's
    strategic customers;
  *the Company’s ability to borrow on favorable terms;
  *risks of real estate acquisition and development activities, including,
    among other things, risks that development projects may not be completed
    on schedule, that tenants may not take occupancy or pay rent or that
    development or operating costs may be greater than anticipated;
  *risks of investing through joint venture structures, including risks that
    the Company’s joint venture partners may not fulfill their financial
    obligations as investors or may take actions that are inconsistent with
    the Company’s objectives;
  *changes in the Company’s plans for properties or views of market economic
    conditions or failure to obtain development rights, either of which could
    result in recognition of significant impairment losses;
  *the Company’s ability to satisfy and operate effectively under Federal
    income tax rules relating to real estate investment trusts and
    partnerships;
  *the Company's ability to achieve projected results;
  *the dilutive effects of issuing additional common shares; and
  *environmental requirements.

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any
forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the
Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly
the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Contact:

Corporate Office Properties Trust
IR Contacts:
Stephanie Krewson, 443-285-5453
stephanie.krewson@copt.com
or
Michelle Layne, 443-285-5452
michelle.layne@copt.com
 
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