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JEFFREY S. LESK

Washington, DC, Office Managing Partner Jeff Lesk is as a nationally recognized finance attorney. He works with investors, lenders, sponsors, developers and other private and public industry stakeholders to finance high-impact socially-oriented community developments.

What do you focus on?

Affordable Housing and Community Development

I’ve spent most of my career creating and implementing large-scale investment programs, primarily public-private partnerships. I advise financial institutions and other corporate investors in transactions that bring much-needed capital to privately developed affordable housing and other community developments—under the framework and support of publicly sponsored programs. I love the challenge of bridging seemingly impossible gaps between these worlds, working with, and developing, new financing tools and programs that meet the goals of sophisticated investors.

Sustainability/Renewable Energy

I’m proud to be a founder and leader of NP’s Legally Green® initiative. It’s been rewarding to integrate my long-standing personal pledge to the environment into my substantive legal practice. As a LEED AP, my participation on local and national advisory boards such as Conservation International, have helped further the firm’s commitment to sustainability. Through my role on the board of the firm’s conference company IPED, Inc., I am also a co-chair of the Affordable Housing Summit at USGBC’s Greenbuild®, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Teaching and Speaking

I frequently lecture at local universities and law schools on community development and green building, and I’m on the national speaking circuit for trade association meetings, industry events and seminars. While sharing my technical knowledge, experience and perspective, I stay current and learn from others, especially students who ask tough questions and spark discussions well beyond the legal field.

What do you see on the horizon?

The current political and economic environment is creating even bigger challenges for investors and developers of affordable housing and community development. I see big changes in the number and mechanisms for public financial support of community development. We have an opportunity to help shape the future by leveraging existing programs and financial resources to do more with less.

Media Clips

  • Managing Partner Roundtable
    Legal Bisnow (DC) | April 22, 2014
    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is featured in this discussion with local office leaders on the changing legal landscape.
  • Law Firm Nixon Peabody Seeks a New Take on an Old Brand
    Washington Post | January 6, 2014
    In this feature article, CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher discusses the firm’s new brand and how we are taking unconventional approaches to some of the challenges facing the legal industry. IPED and NP Capital Connector®, as well as our Diversity Challenge, are highlighted in the piece.
  • Nixon Peabody's Quest for a New Kind of Office Space
    Washington Post | December 9, 2013

    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk discusses the firm’s plans for office relocation in 2015. The new space is located within the heart of the economic center that neighbors areas where we have done many projects that are revitalizing and redeveloping.

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  • Peak Position
    National Law Journal | August 26, 2013

    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is featured in this roundtable with his peers from other DC law firms discussing the current industry landscape.

  • Meet Jeffrey Lesk, Managing Partner at Nixon Peabody Washington, DC Office
    Notice and Comment: A Blog by the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice | July 2, 2013

    Washington, DC, office managing partner and leader of the firm’s Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice Jeff Lesk is the subject of this profile. Jeff discusses a range of topics, including experiences with administrative and regulatory law.

  • Q&A: Nixon Peabody's Jeffrey Lesk
    The Blog of Legal Times | April 30, 2013

    This article profiles Washington, DC, office managing partner and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice group leader Jeff Lesk.

  • Nixon Peabody Aids Rachael
    Legal Bisnow | February 7, 2013

    This coverage highlights the Washington, DC, office’s support of the Rachel’s Women’s Center, which provides homeless and formerly homeless women with opportunities to develop their independence. Office managing partner Jeff Lesk is pictured and partner Tina Wilcox is mentioned as one of the Center’s board members.

  • Nixon Peabody Practice Group Awaits Fate of Development Tax Credits
    Washington Post | December 24, 2012

    This feature article, which appears in the Washington Post’s Capital Business section, focuses on how the fiscal cliff could impact tax credits. Nixon Peabody’s Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice is prominently featured in the article. Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Rick Goldstein and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice group leader Jeff Lesk are quoted throughout the article.

  • Nixon Peabody Tackles Innovation
    Washington Post | August 13, 2012

    Chief Innovation Officer Herb Stevens and Washington, DC, office managing partner and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice group leader Jeff Lesk are featured in this article that focuses on Nixon Peabody’s innovation efforts.

  • U.S. Conference of Mayors: Thomas Friedman speech
    C-SPAN | January 19, 2012
    This video clip features New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s recent speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors where he highlights his most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. Washington, DC, office managing partner and leader of the Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice Jeff Lesk, who is quoted in Mr. Freidman’s book, is referenced in the speech.
  • Building Green: Current Trends in the Green World
    Tax Credit Advisor | January 1, 2012

    This article addresses current trends in green building and sustainable development for affordable multifamily rental housing. Washington, DC, office managing partner and leader of the firm’s Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice, Jeff Lesk, discusses issues and trends.

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