- University of Arizona College of Law, J.D.
- Stanford University, B.A.
JEFFREY S. LESK
Jeffrey Lesk is the managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Washington, DC, office. He concentrates his practice in matters relating to affordable housing and community development; real estate syndication and securities; real estate acquisition, development and finance; and tax credit finance. His practice has included structuring and implementing all aspects of public and private real estate investment programs focusing on socially-oriented real estate projects that leverage the low-income housing tax credit, historic preservation tax credits, renewable energy tax credits and other federal, state, and local incentives. He has most recently concentrated on applying sustainable development and financing techniques to affordable housing and community development transactions and on educating developers, investors, and government agencies about green development and finance. He has co-developed and co-chaired (with Enterprise Community Partners) "Green Homes and Sustainable Communities," the preeminent annual green community development symposium.
Jeff is a leader in Nixon Peabody’s firmwide "Legally Green®" initiative, which identifies opportunities for the firm’s practices to participate in sustainable development and renewable energy projects, and prioritizes sustainability within the firm. He worked with Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office to become one of the first law firm offices in the country to receive certification from the U.S. Green Building Council under its program for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Jeff is also a U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Accredited Professional.
Jeff is a frequent speaker on various housing, community development, and environmental topics, and a guest lecturer at several local universities. He has been Community Economic Development Editor of the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law and is currently on the advisory board of the Housing and Development Reporter. Jeff also served on the advisory committee of the National Building Museum's exhibits, “Affordable Housing—Designing an American Asset,” and “Green Community.” He currently serves on the board of Greenspace, which is developing DC's green building center, the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International, the lawyers working Group of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Enterprise DC advisory board, and the Fannie Mae green affordable housing task force.
Jeff began his career as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, working with the Office of General Counsel and the Urban Development Action Grant Program.
- Q&A: Nixon Peabody's Jeffrey Lesk
The Blog of Legal Times | April 30, 2013
This article profiles Washington, DC, office managing partner and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice group leader Jeff Lesk.
- Nixon Peabody Aids Rachael
Legal Bisnow | February 7, 2013
This coverage highlights the Washington, DC, office’s support of the Rachel’s Women’s Center, which provides homeless and formerly homeless women with opportunities to develop their independence. Office managing partner Jeff Lesk is pictured and partner Tina Wilcox is mentioned as one of the Center’s board members.
- Nixon Peabody Practice Group Awaits Fate of Development Tax Credits
Washington Post | December 24, 2012
This feature article, which appears in the Washington Post’s Capital Business section, focuses on how the fiscal cliff could impact tax credits. Nixon Peabody’s Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice is prominently featured in the article. Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Rick Goldstein and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice group leader Jeff Lesk are quoted throughout the article.