James Allen

James Allen

James Allen is a department attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Affordable Housing and Real Estate group. He represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, owners, landlords, buyers, and sellers in sophisticated affordable real estate transactions.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on affordable housing transactions and represent clients in connection with affordable real estate transactions. My experience includes reviewing and analyzing sophisticated commercial real estate transactions and land use matters, real estate mortgage financing matters, and the impact of New York law on multifamily housing and commercial real estate finance. Inclusionary and sustainable communities are a priority for me, and I have committed my career to thinking about how real estate transactions can be structured to maintain and create diverse and affordable housing options.

What do you see on the horizon?

As the demand for multifamily affordable housing continues to grow, developers and owners of multifamily housing are confronted with the challenges of finding new, creative ways to leverage public and private resources. I am thinking about how to best utilize public and private resources for the development and preservation of affordable housing.

I am also interested in how innovative technology can help lower the costs of affordable housing development and real estate transactions. The last few years have seen incredible leaps in both real estate and legal technology, which, I expect, will help streamline affordable housing development and transactions.

Publications & Presentations

  • “The Color of Algorithms: An Analysis and Proposed Research Agenda for Deterring Algorithmic Redlining,” 46 Fordham Urb. L.J. 219 (2019)
  •  “Disrupting Affordable Housing: Regulating AirBnB and Other Short-Term Rental Housing in New York City,” 26 J. Affordable Housing & Cmty. Dev. L. 151 (2017)


James Allen

Department Attorney

New York

Phone: 212-940-3049

Fax: 844-984-1375

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

Howard University, B.A., cum laude

  • Board of Directors, Kallion Leadership, Inc.
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