Abigail Patterson

Abigail Patterson

Abigail Patterson is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Affordable Housing practice group, representing nonprofit and for-profit owners and developers of affordable housing in all aspects of the development process, from acquisition and construction loan closings, to operations and regulatory matters.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses on affordable housing transactions utilizing a range of federal, state and municipal programs. In my prior role as general counsel for the Housing Partnership Development Corporation, I gained substantial experience with affordable housing incentives such as Article XI, Affordable New York and Inclusionary Housing, as well as advising my client on nonprofit governance and best practices.

What do you see on the horizon?

As construction costs rise, available land becomes scarce and federal subsidies are under threat, the demand for affordable housing in New York is higher than ever. In response, owners and developers are seeking novel approaches to affordable housing development and, particularly for nonprofit clients, joint ventures with other nonprofits, religious organizations, for-profit developers and community-based organizations, can build capacity and access to financing that might not otherwise be available. While these structures present additional complexity, they also have the potential to capitalize on the respective strengths of project partners, and ultimately to create more housing for hardworking New Yorkers.

On the preservation front, recent changes to the rent stabilization law in New York will have a profound effect on the operation of many properties throughout the city and state. I look forward to advising clients on leveraging tax abatements and exemptions to devise solutions for the ongoing viability of their properties.

Lawyers on the Move

New York Law Journal | February 25, 2021

Long Island partner Tara Daub is included in this column of notable legal moves in New York for her appointment to Labor & Employment practice group leader. Long Island Labor & Employment counsel David Tauster; New York City counsels Julia Casteleiro and Abby Patterson, and Long Island counsel Mike Webb, all in the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group; and Buffalo Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Erik Goergen are also included for their promotions to counsel.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | February 17, 2021

This roundup of notable legal industry news and people moves includes Nixon Peabody’s promotion of 12 attorneys to counsel.

People on the Move

Affordable Housing Finance | August 08, 2019

This roundup of executive moves in the affordable housing space includes the arrivals of two New York City associates, Abigail Patterson and Richard Shore, both of the Affordable Housing and Real Estate practice group.


Abigail Patterson


New York

Phone: 212-940-3101

Fax: 833-400-2589

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

Columbia University, B.A.

New York

New Jersey

  • New York City Bar Association Committee on Housing and Urban Development
  • Women in Housing and Finance of New York City
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