Nixon Peabody names new managing partner in Washington, DC

July 12, 2017

Chief Communications Officer
Allison McClain

Washington, DC. Nixon Peabody is pleased to announce Colette A. Dafoe will lead the firm’s Washington, DC, office.

With almost 175 attorneys and staff, Nixon Peabody’s Washington, DC, office has the largest and most sophisticated affordable housing, real estate development and tax credit finance practices in the nation. Nixon Peabody’s DC office includes corporate, public finance, franchise, commercial litigation, government investigations and white collar defense, intellectual property, energy and tax attorneys who are go-to resources for clients involved in major financing transactions, regulatory issues and protection of company interests.

“We have a great and diverse team of attorneys and staff in our Washington, DC, office. I’m excited about this opportunity to showcase and highlight the wide range of talent, strong industry experience and entrepreneurial solutions we can bring to our clients in the Capital Region and beyond,” said Colette Dafoe, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Washington, DC, office.

“Having worked closely with Colette over the course of many years on several client matters, I’ve seen firsthand Colette’s tremendous skill in fostering client relationships,” added Andrew I. Glincher, Nixon Peabody CEO and managing partner. “Colette has a charismatic personality. She’s a strong collaborator and will be a terrific addition to our leadership team.”

In addition to her leadership role, Colette will continue to focus on her real estate practice. She represents owners, investors and developers in acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing and development of commercial real estate. Colette works with clients on projects ranging from single property matters to several of the most notable transactions in the industry involving publicly traded and privately held clients.

Colette succeeds Jeffrey Lesk who served as Washington’s office managing partner for seven years. Jeff will continue to focus on his tax credit finance and community development practice, as well as teaching at local universities and implementing Nixon Peabody’s community solar initiative.

Colette graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, and earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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