Edward J. Campbell

Edward Campbell is a partner in our Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice group. Ed is deeply committed addressing the issue of housing affordability and he built a practice, which heavily focuses on the development and preservation of housing. Ed advises clients on a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters involving the acquisition, financing, development, asset management and preservation of multifamily housing developments.

What do you focus on?

I work on real estate transactions involving the acquisition, financing, development, asset management and disposition of residential, mixed-use and health care projects. I assist clients in various aspects of the acquisition and disposition of multifamily properties, financed with tax-exempt bonds, low-income housing tax credits and other federal, state and local government subsidies.

My experience as in-house counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in California and Washington, DC, gives me extensive knowledge of the agency's programs and internal processes. I work extensively with FHA multifamily mortgage insurance and insured healthcare programs, Section 8 housing assistance, RAD and various HUD grant programs. I serve as a liaison between clients and HUD on matters involving financing, development and asset management of multifamily, health care and mixed-use projects.

What do you see on the horizon?

The availability of decent, safe, sanitary housing that is affordable to all income levels is becoming a more pressing issue as we see homelessness increase and housing costs skyrocket across the country.  Over the last decade we’ve seen a great deal of emphasis placed on increasing governmental funding for affordable housing. However, as government budget are getting squeezed tighter, we likely to see a greater focus on eliminating statutory, regulatory and procedural barriers to housing development. In the coming months and years, we will see a shift away from the fiscalization of land use, a streamlining of the permitting process and efforts to increase mixed-use and multifamily zoning to promote the development of housing. We also continue to see a focus on preservation the existing affordable housing inventory.

Publications and Presentations


  • “HUD issues guidance to interim modifications of on-site visit requirements for its insured healthcare programs,” Nixon Peabody Affordable Housing Blog, April 2020
  • “Important New Changes to California’s Planning and Zoning Laws Regarding Assisted Housing Developments,” Nixon Peabody Affordable Housing Blog, April 2018
  • “California Governor signs Historic New Housing Legislation,” Nixon Peabody Affordable Housing Blog, October 2017
  • “New TCAC Policy on Over Income Tenants,” Nixon Peabody Affordable Housing Blog, May 2016
  • “California Supreme Court Upholds the City of San Jose’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance,” Nixon Peabody Affordable Housing Blog, June 2015
  • “Affordable Housing Adapts to New Building Trends,” Builder & Developer Magazine, February 2014
  • “FHA Multifamily Programs Closing Guide Revision Limits HUD Field Office Discretion on HUD Loan Transactions,” American Bar Association eReport, October 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • “A Closer Look at RAD! Including RAD for PRAC, the latest RAD I Guidance and other PHA repositioning tools,” Nixon Peabody RAD Roadshow, San Francisco, June 2019
  • “Assess Your Rights and Duties at Year 15,” IPED Tax Credit Property Dispositions Conference, November 2018
  • “A Closer Look at RAD + HUD Mod Rehab Workshop,” Nixon Peabody RAD Roadshow, Los Angeles, October 2018
  •  “2018 LA Multifamily Market Outlook,” Bisnow, Los Angeles, January 2018
  • “44 Years Later: The 1984 and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics—A Discussion of the Developmental Landscape in Los Angeles, Then and Now,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, Los Angeles, January 2018
  • “Understanding HUD/FHA Multifamily A Practitioner’s Guide,” Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation, Las Vegas, September 2017
  • “Hot topics in land use, affordable housing and syndication,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, Los Angeles, January 2017
  • “What Borrowers Need to Know about FHA’s Revised MAP Guide,” Nixon Peabody Webinar, Washington DC, June 2016
  •  “Meeting Affordability Needs,” Fair Housing Council of Riverside County’s 2016 Housing Conference, Riverside, April 2016
  • “FHA Multifamily Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Pilot,” The 21st Annual Conference of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Washington DC, May 2012

How Cities Could Help and Hurt Affordable Housing Development

GlobeSt | August 31, 2020

In this article, Los Angeles Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Ed Campbell comments on the impact that construction, public-private partnerships, local impact fees, and other community conditions are having (and will have) on California’s affordable housing industry.

Nixon Peabody promotes 4 to partner

Affordable Housing Finance | February 12, 2019

The promotions of new Nixon Peabody partners Ed Campbell, Nate Cushman, John Marti and Susanna Mitchell are mentioned in this roundup of notable career moves.

The Unicorn Watch New Black Partners

American Lawyer | February 05, 2019

In this article covering African-American attorneys in the newest partner classes of Big Law firms, Nixon Peabody’s 2019 partner class is noted for being 60 percent diverse, and highlights the promotions of Boston Community Development Finance Partner John Marti and Los Angeles Affordable Housing and Real Estate Partner Edward Campbell.


Edward J. Campbell


Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6197

Fax: 213-629-6001

Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D.

University of California, San Diego, B.A.


New York

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

  • 2017 Young Leaders for Affordable Housing Finance Magazine
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40—Class of 2016 from the National LGBT Bar association
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