Michelle Brewer

Michelle Brewer practices in the areas of affordable housing and real estate development, representing public agencies, nonprofit corporations and for-profit housing developers in all phases of the development process. Her approach includes helping to structure transactions, early in the process, in a manner that will best achieve client goals. Ms. Brewer assists clients in developing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects and mixed-use developments through such tasks as: forming nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships; reviewing and resolving title issues; drafting and negotiating option agreements, purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, ground leases and loan documents; and coordinating complex closings of multi-layered construction and permanent financing with banks, public agencies and tax credit investors.

Ms. Brewer has extensive experience in advising housing authorities and their affiliates in redeveloping and acquiring properties, both separately and through public/private partnerships, using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, state and local financing programs, and a variety of HUD programs, including disposition, mixed-finance, Section 8, and the Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

Ms. Brewer also advises clients regarding nonprofit and public agency governance, state and federal income tax exemption, local property tax exemption, property management, and municipal law issues.


  • B.A., honors, Harvard University
  • Masters in Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • J.D., Harvard University Law School

Previous Employment

  • City and County of San Francisco, Deputy City Attorney, with responsibilities in affordable housing, real estate leasing and development
  • Legal advisor to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the Port

Professional and Volunteer Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section. American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law