Colette Dafoe is the office managing partner of the firm’s DC office, and focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, representing owners, investors and developers in acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing and development of commercial real estate. Her practice involves drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, leases and loan documents and performing due diligence and other site acquisition services.
I work on multifamily housing matters, particularly with respect to the senior housing and care industry. I represent clients in transactions ranging from single property matters to several of the most notable transactions in the industry involving publicly traded and privately held clients. My clients include investors, financiers, purchasers and providers and sellers of multifamily apartments, active adult communities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and CCRCs.
My restructuring and workout experience includes workouts of commercial loans, portfolio and securitized loans, distressed property sales and representation of lenders in debtor-in-possession financing transactions.
Washington Lawyer | June 05, 2020
This feature article on the Move the Needle Fund and law firm diversity spotlights Nixon Peabody’s MTN participation and quotes Washington, D.C. office managing partner Colette Dafoe, of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group, and director of Diversity & Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu on why it’s vitally important to increase diversity in the legal profession.
Bisnow | March 28, 2019
Washington, DC managing partner Colette Dafoe is highlighted in this article for her role as moderator of Bisnow’s Greater DC State of Senior Housing event.
Bisnow | September 30, 2018
Washington DC Office Managing Partner Colette Dafoe and Community Development Finance partner Jeff Lesk are mentioned in this story about the DCSolar project, which began on Nixon Peabody’s rooftop and has expanded throughout the District.
Big Sky Business Journal | April 08, 2018
Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this roundup of major Montana business news for its representation of Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc., in its acquisition of Ruby Valley Bank in Twin Bridges, Montana. Nixon Peabody’s deal team was led by Public Company Transactions partner Lloyd Spencer and senior counsel Ray Gustini and included Public Company Transactions partner Sean Clancy, Real Estate partner Colette Dafoe, Energy & Environmental Group partner Jean McCreary, and Labor & Employment partners Jeff Gilbreth, Yelena Gray and Tom McCord.
10.07.20 | Virtual Event
06.30.20 | Webinar
05.28.20 | Webinar
06.21.18 | Washington, DC
03.06.18 | Washington, DC
DC office managing partner Colette Dafoe spoke with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of California’s 18th congressional district at NP DC’s “Let’s Talk” event.
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
Tufts University School of Medicine, M.P.H.
St. Lawrence University, B.S., summa cum laude
District of Columbia
Colette was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Real Estate Law. Colette has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2018.
Colette has been designated a “Recognized Practitioner” in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Real Estate (District of Columbia). She has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years. She was also recognized in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500: USA as a Leading Lawyer in the Real Estate category.
Colette formerly served as a founding member and vice chair of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industry’s (NIC) Future Leaders Council (FLC).