- University of Arizona College of Law, J.D.
- Stanford University, B.A.
Jeff has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.
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.
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.
- 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
Examiner.com | 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.