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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 also have served as 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

  • How to deal with pushback
    American Lawyer | October 31, 2016
    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeffrey Lesk is quoted in this article discussing how new office space can be an exercise in change management for many law firms.
  • Testimony for Progress
    Green Building & Design (gb&d) | May 1, 2016
    This feature article highlights the Washington, DC, office move and focuses on the sustainable aspects of the project while being smarter about the use of space. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted.
  • This Group Wants Law Firms to Slash One Expense: Their Toll on the Planet
    Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business | April 22, 2016
    The feature story focuses on the Law Firm Sustainability Network and their new tool for law firms to measure how well they’re managing their energy output. Nixon Peabody is noted within the story as a member of the LFSN and Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, one of our co-sustainability leaders, is quoted.
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  • Paradigm Breaking
    Bisnow (DC) | March 31, 2016
    This feature story discusses the real estate considerations and decisions being made by associations and law firms, who account for almost half of office occupiers in Washington, DC. Commentary from Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is included.
  • Affordable Housing Deals Are Getting More Plentiful, But More Complex
    Bisnow (DC) | March 28, 2016
    This feature story recaps the Affordable Housing Forum which focused on creating and improving affordable housing communities. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, Affordable Housing partner Monica Sussman and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner David Schon are featured.
  • Can Multifamily Developers Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis?
    Real Estate Bisnow | December 4, 2015
    This feature story discusses Washington, DC’s efforts to improve the state of the city’s affordable housing. The topic was the main focus at Bisnow’s Multifamily Annual Conference. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk and Affordable Housing practice group leader Steve Wallace are featured within the story.
  • Office Envy: Inside Nixon Peabody's Washington office
    CNBC Power Lunch | November 2, 2015
    Nixon Peabody is featured on CNBC-TV’s Power Lunch in the “Office Envy” segment which showcases unique and innovative office spaces.
  • Despite Tough Times, Expansive Lobbies Thrive
    Bloomberg BNA | October 27, 2015
    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk discusses our new office in this law firm real estate story. Jeff’s comments address a number of points including noting that we’re at a point where clients don’t appreciate offices that are heavy on opulence and how we aim to have our space serve multiple purposes—for clients and the community.
  • Nixon Peabody's Ultra-modern Office
    Bisnow | August 21, 2015
    The firm’s new Washington, DC, office is featured in this coverage. Office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted and pictured throughout the piece, as is the space itself.
  • Nixon Peabody Unveils a Different Type of Law Office in DC
    The Boston Globe | July 23, 2015
    CEO and managing partner Andrew Glincher and Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk are quoted throughout this feature story about the firm’s new DC office.
  • Experts discuss how green buildings are changing DC
    Elevation DC | July 7, 2015
    This feature story discusses how Washington, DC, has become a leader in the green building movement. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk and partner and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens are quoted and pictured in the piece.
  • End of the Corner Office:  DC law firm designs its new space for millennials
    Washington Post | June 22, 2015
    This front-page feature article highlights our new office space in Washington, DC, and the vision behind this build-out. Several of our colleagues were quoted throughout the article. These colleagues include Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, leader of our IP Counseling & Transactions practice Jeff Costellia, Syndication practice group leader Greg Doran, and Washington, DC, associates Cody Rogers, Paige Gentry, and Emily Feder.  This article has been picked up by a number of publications nationwide including Buffalo News, the Miami Herald and the Kansas City Tribune, just to name a few.
  • Private Developers Must Step up to Preserve Affordable Housing
    Real Estate Bisnow (DC) | June 18, 2015
    Washington, DC, office managing partner and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication attorney Jeff Lesk moderated a panel on Washington's affordable housing program. Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Michael Reardon was a panelist.
  • DC Launches New Program to Encourage Green Business Practices | March 5, 2015
    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted in this article on the Smarter DC Challenge—an initiative seeking to facilitate private-sector development of sustainable practices by businesses and nonprofits. Nixon Peabody is noted as one of the program's participants.
  • What Makes a Great Neighborhood?
    Elevation DC | December 8, 2014
    This article discusses how Washington, DC, has in the past and is still working to build strong communities. The content of the article comes from the “Creating Great Neighborhoods” panel discussion hosted by Elevation DC and our DC office. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted and pictured.
  • 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.
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