Harry Kelly’s practice focuses on transactional and litigation aspects of housing, fair housing, reasonable accommodations, and accessible design, government contracts, financial institutions and bankruptcy law. He counsels owners of firms—particularly those active in real estate and housing—with respect to issues related to the operations of their businesses and assists them in litigation and enforcement matters. He also advises government contracts clients on transactional and regulatory issues and litigates claims against government agencies.
Over the course of the last 25 years, my practice has focused on issues arising from the operation and management of multifamily housing, including affordable housing properties. I represent a diverse array of clients, such as owners, developers, lenders, regulators and investors and provide guidance to maximize profitability, trouble-shoot operational and transactional issues and resolve disagreements before they become legal disputes.
I routinely advise a variety of clients in developing policies to comply with fair housing and antidiscrimination laws (including reasonable accommodations and accessible design standards) and related occupancy issues. When necessary, I represent these parties in connection with investigations, compliance reviews enforcement and litigation.
Many of our clients do substantial business with the federal government, often on the basis of long-term contracts and regulatory agreements. I advise clients in the financial services, housing, and technology industries concerning transactional issues of their government contracts, assist them in resolving regulatory and compliance issues and, when necessary, litigate claims and enforcement disputes in agency proceedings and federal courts.
I represent clients in disputes with federal agencies, resolution of contractual issues with public and private entities, compliance with antidiscrimination and environmental laws, and advise on financial matters, including bankruptcy. I practice before federal and state courts (including the Court of Federal Claims), boards of contract appeal and agency administrative panels.
I write and lecture widely on matters such as fair housing and antidiscrimination laws, accessibility, management, occupancy, and operational issues and administrative enforcement matters. I am also a Washington representative of the firm’s recruiting committee. I enjoy the opportunity—in meetings and conferences with government and industry leaders, in law school interviews and through webinars and other social media—to share innovative ideas and to exchange perspectives.
While there may be continued disagreement about the size and proper role of government programs, there will continue to be an active intersection between the private and public sectors whose interests are sometimes cooperative and sometimes confrontational. Whatever the nature of a stakeholder’s interest, there is a need for informed and adroit legal guidance to set strategies, anticipate and avoid disputes wherever possible and to resolve matters successfully when disputes do arise.
Tax Credit Advisor | September 01, 2016
Washington DC Affordable Housing partner Harry Kelly authored this column discussing the various consequences of a Supreme Court decision regarding disparate impact liability.
Law360 | June 15, 2016
Washington, DC, affordable housing partner Harry Kelly is quoted in this feature story that looks at Texas’s housing agency to derail a suit accusing it of discrimination in allocating tax credits for affordable housing developments. The coverage notes that this is a test of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recognition of unintentional discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act.
Law360 | April 22, 2016
Washington, DC, affordable housing partner Harry Kelly authored this column discussing disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act, explaining how the HUD Office of General Counsel (OGC) guidance applies those principals and raising some questions about the soundness of OGC’s position on criminal background screening.
Affordable Housing Blog | 06.01.17
Originally recorded September 14, 2016 | 09.20.16
Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.C.R.P.
Williams College, B.A.
District of Columbia
Harry has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.
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