Special Counsel

Goldfarb & Lipman attorneys serve as special development counsel to a variety of Housing Authorities on projects that have been developed in the heart of urban areas, in suburban neighborhoods and in rural areas throughout the state of California.  This work involves the representation of Housing Authorities in numerous HOPE VI and Mixed-Finance developments where our clients have partnered with private developer entities.  It also includes representation of Housing Authorities and their affiliates in self-development of Low Income Tax Housing Tax Credit projects.


Our special counsel work encompasses all aspects of affordable housing development and finance, such as complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); structuring complex financings, forming nonprofit affiliates and limited partnerships, and serving as issuer’s counsel in tax-exempt bond financings; drafting and negotiating land purchase agreements, disposition and development agreements, ground leases, architectural and construction contracts, housing authority loan documents, partnership agreements, and option agreements; investigating and solving title problems; and negotiating with lenders and investors and coordinating construction and permanent closings among multiple parties, including HUD, state and local agencies, developers, banks and tax credit investors.