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Kristin Niver Joins Thompson Coburn’s Tax Credit Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups in Washington, D.C.

September 20, 2023

Thompson Coburn is pleased to welcome tax credit finance and real estate counsel Kristin E. Niver to its Washington, D.C. office.

Kristin has spent her entire career focused on affordable housing and community development, both as a real estate and commercial finance attorney, and formerly as an urban planner with a focus on affordable housing finance and policy. She has extensive experience in community development lending, impact finance syndications, and programmatic and policy issues related to affordable housing. In addition, she has a broad background in commercial real estate finance and development generally, with almost a decade of legal experience representing banks, insurance companies and debt funds in construction and permanent loans, debt restructurings and secondary market transactions, as well as working with market-rate and affordable housing developers and owners on financings, acquisitions and sales,  joint venture arrangements, condominium regimes, and leases for all product types, including multifamily, retail, office and hotel, and frequently as part of complex mixed-use development and redevelopment, and master planning projects nationwide.

Niver maintains a particular focus on Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transactions, and provides legal advice to financial institutions, investors, lenders, community development entities, and profit and nonprofit developers engaged in community development lending, social impact investing, and tax credit finance.

“We are thrilled about the addition of Kristin to our team,” said Jarrod Sharp, Chair of Thompson Coburn’s Tax Credit Finance practice. “The affordable housing experience she brings to our team is going to benefit our community development clients extensively.”

Niver is a member of the New York Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, where she was the Howard & Irene Levine Distinguished Fellow for Affordable Housing in the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, a member of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy with a focus on affordable housing finance, and a full-time legal extern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she worked on the RAD program. Niver also earned a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, as well as a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in affordable housing policy also from Columbia University. Niver holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Chicago.

Niver has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate: Ones to Watch in 2023 and 2024.

Niver is a frequent speaker at conferences and extremely active in the affordable housing and impact investing community nationally and the D.C. commercial real estate industry locally, and she is currently serving in the following capacities:

  • Women's Leadership Initiative of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington, Steering Committee Member (2023-Present)
  • Affordable Housing Committee, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, Chair (2019-Present)
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions Group, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, Vice Chair (2023-Present)
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Co-Chair (2023-Present)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) D.C., Programs Committee Member (2021-Present)
  • Journal of ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Digest Contributor (2015-Present)

Niver also published “Changing the Face of Urban America: Assessing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit,” in the Virginia Law Review.