David Schon is co-chair of the firm’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit team. He represents diverse clients from institutional investors to for-profit developers and nonprofit project sponsors.
I focus my practice on tax advantaged, triple-bottom-line investments that deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to sponsors and equity investors. Historic rehabilitation, new markets and renewable energy tax credits are the tools I most often see in my work.
I’m passionate about the idea that historic buildings give people a sense of place—a shared history and good public spaces capitalize on local assets, inspiration and potential. Adaptive reuse of historic buildings brings long-term, sustainable investments that increase property values and promote healthy, vibrant communities.
I speak at industry events and serve on boards both related to tax credits. I appreciate the energy that new entrants to the industry bring and I enjoy teaching them about the power of tax credit finance to revitalize and renew.
I see more recognition of the unique potential of historic buildings as engines of economic development and more people seeking places to live where they can walk or bike to work. Sustainability and quality of life should go hand in hand.
WDET-FM (NPR Detroit) | October 12, 2017
In this radio segment about the increase of rehabilitation investment and construction in Detroit over the past few years, Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner David Schon discusses how to take advantage of historic preservation tax credits for the city’s historical buildings.
Bloomberg Pursuits | April 22, 2016
Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner David Schon is included in this story about how former industrial sites such as a tractor depot, a Pabst bottling works, and a former Ford automobile plant are turning into luxury hotels.
Bisnow (DC) | March 28, 2016
This feature story recaps the Affordable Housing Forum which focused on creating and improving affordable housing communities. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, Affordable Housing partner Monica Sussman and Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner David Schon are featured.
03.13.19 | Los Angeles, CA
Wayne State University, J.D.
University of Michigan, B.A.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
David serves on the board of directors of Preservation Action and on the loan advisory committee of Partners for the Common Good. He is also a member of the Project for Public Spaces leadership council and is an advisor at the Urban Consulate. He formerly served on the board of directors of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.