Washington, DC



Our talent in Washington, DC is infused with people who have experience and relationships with those driving the country’s agenda.

A number of professionals in our Washington office served in Congress or held leadership or general counsel positions within agencies like HUD, the IRS, the FTC, the SEC or the FDA. Others have worked extensively with international development programs, such as the World Bank’s community and housing development programs.

So it is no surprise that Washington, DC is home to our affordable housing, community development, and tax credit finance practices—the largest and most sophisticated in the nation. Our insider contacts and perspective in this industry is unmatched. But we also offer highly creative minds that are constantly considering solutions to tomorrow’s challenges to their thinking about today’s transactions. Our focus on green development and social benefit investing are just two examples.

Our Washington office talent also includes corporate, litigation, intellectual property, energy and tax attorneys who are involved in major financing transactions, regulatory issues and protection of company interests.

One of our core values is to bring Nixon Peabody to the community, and the community to Nixon Peabody. In addition to an active pro bono program, many lawyers, professionals and staff in the Washington office dedicate substantial time to mentoring programs, board memberships, volunteer and advisory services to nonprofits, and community service and we often host meetings and events for community partners. We are committed to our clients, to each other and to the communities in which we live and work.

Local citizens gear up for D.C. events

Democrat & Chronicle | January 15, 2017

This article focuses events in Rochester leading up to the presidential inauguration including a panel discussion that addresses potential changes to energy, infrastructure, tax policies, trade and labor and employment in a new administration. Washington DC government relations senior policy advisor Tom Reynolds, who moderated the panel, is quoted.

Nixon Peabody funds biggest CRE solar panel installation in DC

Bisnow | December 22, 2016

Washington DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted in this feature story about DC’s first large-scale downtown commercial Community Solar project on the roof of Nixon Peabody’s Washington DC office. This article focuses on the innovation and uniqueness of the NP Solar project. 

Power co. wants DC Circ. to force action on NY pipeline

Law360 | December 15, 2016

This article highlights the latest development in a case involving New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s delayed approval of a permit to start building a natural gas pipeline, which impacts upstate New York power plant developer CPV Valley LLC’s facility operations. Washington DC Energy and Environmental partner Elizabeth Whittle is noted as representing CPV Valley LLC.

Shippers slam feds' brief in 3rd Circ. antitrust row

Law360 | December 09, 2016

Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Bob Yoshitomi and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions counsel Eric Jeffrey are noted as representing the defendants in this article about arguments arising after a U.S. District judge’s decision in an a matter involving international maritime shippers.

Shipping Act Allows State Antitrust Claims, Fed. Agency Says

Law360 | December 02, 2016

Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Bob Yoshitomi and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions counsel Eric Jeffrey are noted as representing the defendants in this article about multidistrict litigation involving several international shipping companies.

Attorneys published in International Franchising 2016

Nassau Guardian | November 30, 2016

Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Kendal Tyre is mentioned in this article announcing the publication of “International Financing 2016:  Legal and Business Considerations.” Kendal developed the reference guide with more than 70 attorneys from around the world.

3rd Circ. could clarify preemption in shipping antitrust suit

Law360 | November 17, 2016

Los Angeles M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Bob Yoshitomi and Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions counsel Eric Jeffrey are noted as representing the defendants in a matter being considered today by the Third Circuit as to whether international ocean shipping companies are liable in a lawsuit brought by purchasers who accuse these companies of price fixing for vehicle transport.

How to deal with pushback

American Lawyer | October 31, 2016

Washington DC office managing partner Jeffrey Lesk is quoted in this article discussing how new office space can be an exercise in change management for many law firms.

Multifamily finance experts: No national bubble, but concern about some markets

Bisnow | October 21, 2016

Washington DC Affordable Housing partner Meghan Altidor participated in an affordable housing trends panel discussion at Bisnow's Multifamily Annual Conference.  She was quoted in this article noting new players such as those in the private equity space who are now getting involved in a number of affordable housing deals.

Limited privacy of donor information in New York

Rochester Business Journal | October 17, 2016

Rochester Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about privacy issues surrounding charitable donors in New York.

New offices in reconsidered spaces

Contract Magazine | October 17, 2016

Nixon Peabody’s Washington DC office is featured as one of three examples of workspaces that are innovative updates within buildings of the modern era.

A Slow and Steady Approach for Nixon Peabody

Asian Legal Business | October 04, 2016

China & Asia-Pacific chair David Cheng and Global Strategies Committee chair and IP Counseling & Transactions practice group leader Jeff Costellia are quoted in this article focused on Nixon Peabody’s strategic expansion in Asia.

GAO Bid Protest Reform by the House and Senate: Is the Process Broken?

Government Contracting Law Report | October 01, 2016

Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Vince Napoleon authored this article discussing recent proposals from the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to reform the Government Accountability Office bid protest process.

Seed Co. Settlement Sends Warning Signal To Exporters

Law360 | September 20, 2016

Washington, DC, M&A and corporate transactions partner Alexandra López-Casero and associate Anjali Vohra co-authored this piece that discusses the significance of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s $4.3 million penalty against PanAmerican Seed Company as it demonstrates that the treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control will continue to vigorously enforce Iran sanctions violations and serves as a lesson to exporters as to the prevailing pattern of violations resulting from the use of intermediaries.

Nixon Peabody Hires Away IP Transactions Lawyers

San Francisco Daily Journal | September 08, 2016

The following coverage highlights the arrival of the IP Counseling & Transactions team of San Francisco partner On Lu, Washington DC counsel Ed Quiñones and Silicon Valley associate Zhou Lu.

Nixon Peabody Recruits Three Novak Druce Attorneys for IP Team

Law360 | September 08, 2016

The following coverage highlights the arrival of the IP Counseling & Transactions team of San Francisco partner On Lu, Washington DC counsel Ed Quiñones and Silicon Valley associate Zhou Lu.

Rainmaker Q&A: Nixon Peabody's Jeffrey Costellia

Law360 | September 07, 2016

This profile features Washington, DC, partner, chair of the Global Strategies Committee and lead of IP Counseling & Transactions, Jeff Costellia. The Q&A showcases his focus on client service and he offers advice to new attorneys building their practices.

Wrestling with Disparate Impact: Fair Housing Developments a Year After Supreme Court’s Decision

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.

After Three Decades in the Spotlight, Clinton Stands on the Cusp of History

CQ Magazine | July 22, 2016

Washington, DC, Government Relations Senior Strategic Policy Advisor Thomas Reynolds is quoted in this article reflecting on Hillary Clinton’s rise to be the 2015 Democratic Party nominee for president.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | July 20, 2016

This coverage notes that Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon has been elected to the firm’s management committee, and that M&A and corporate transactions partner Tom Gaynor has been tapped as the San Francisco office managing partner.

Materiality Matters: The First Post-Escobar Decisions

Law360 | July 19, 2016

Chicago partner John Ruskusky and Washington, DC, associate Emily Harlan co-authored this column regarding expected changes for False Claims Act cases and investigations in the aftermath of the decision in Universal Health Services Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar.

Groundbreaking False Claims Act Decision: Unanimous Supreme Court Upholds ‘Implied False Certification' Theory Under Certain Circumstances

Westlaw Journal Government Contract | July 18, 2016

This column discussing an important United States Supreme Court decision regarding False Claims Act liability was co-authored by Boston partners Brian French and Fred Kelly, Boston associates Hannah Bornstein and Sydney Pritchett, and Washington, DC, associate Emily Harlan.

High LIHTC Pricing, Low Yields Lead to Investor Pushback

Journal of Tax Credits | July 07, 2016

Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Richard Price is quoted in this feature article that discusses results of a survey of investors and syndicators on the state of low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) housing.

City Securities' lesser-known sibling sells

Indianapolis Business Journal | July 02, 2016

Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted in this article discussing the sale of client, CREA, and how industry supply and demand is driving interest.

DoD Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Unclassified Covered Defense Information

Government Contracting Law Report | July 01, 2016

Washington, DC, partner Vincent Napoleon and associate Harini Kidambi co-authored this column discussing steps being taken by the Department of Defense to minimize vulnerabilities and the impact of cyberattacks against defense contractors.

Texas Housing Bias Row May Affect Developer Building Plans

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.

Takeaways From High Court's Hobbs Act Extortion Ruling

Law360 | June 14, 2016

Boston government investigations and white collar defense partner Brian Kelly and Washington, DC, government investigations and white collar defense associate Emily Harlan contributed this article about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that a public official can be convicted of conspiring to commit extortion even when co-conspirators willingly furnish the money and/or property.

Philanthropic Capital In Search Of Clarity

Law360 | June 10, 2016

Partner and leader of our nonprofit organizations and higher education teams Mike Cooney authored this column about how program-related investments have an overweighted emphasis on international philanthropy.

The Duty of Obedience in a Time of Change

Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Blog | June 07, 2016

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Higher Education and Nonprofit Organizations teams Mike Cooney authored this column discussing the duty of obedience—a fiduciary duty of board members to ensure that the institution is operating according to its stated purposes in its governing documents.

The dealmaker behind the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fisher Family partnership

Art Daily | May 16, 2016

This article features Nixon Peabody’s role as deal counsel and advisor to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Fisher Family to create a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a museum and a collection. Los Angeles partner and Arts & Cultural Institutions leader Thad Stauber led the NP team in this unprecedented agreement with support from Washington, DC, partner Mike Cooney and Los Angeles partner Matt Grazier. SFMOMA opened to the public on May 14, featuring an expansive new addition displaying hundreds of pieces of postwar and contemporary art work from the Fisher Family.

Over A Dozen Firms Guided Largest Q1 Real Estate Deals

Law360 | May 04, 2016

The $390M purchase of a premier site within New York’s South Street Seaport Subdistrict by Oceanwide Center NY LLC, a subsidiary of Oceanwide Holdings Co., is among the 10 largest Q1 real estate deals. Nixon Peabody advised Oceanwide on the transaction. The coverage notes the deal team was led by partners Denise Pursley, Colette Dafoe and David Cheng.

Testimony for Progress

Green Building & Design (gb&d) | May 01, 2016

This feature article highlights the Washington, DC, office move and focuses on the sustainable aspects of the project while being smarter about the use of space. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted.

Spend Your Vacation in an Old Model T Factory

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.

2nd Shoe Drops: HUD Warns Crime Screening May Violate FHA

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.

This Group Wants Law Firms to Slash One Expense: Their Toll on the Planet

Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business | April 22, 2016

The feature story focuses on the Law Firm Sustainability Network and their new tool for law firms to measure how well they’re managing their energy output. Nixon Peabody is noted within the story as a member of the LFSN and Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, one of our co-sustainability leaders, is quoted.

Paradigm Breaking

Bisnow (DC) | March 31, 2016

This feature story discusses the real estate considerations and decisions being made by associations and law firms, who account for almost half of office occupiers in Washington, DC. Commentary from Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is included.

Bond Lawyers Blast Proposed Political Subdivision Rules

The Bond Buyer | March 10, 2016

Washington, DC, Public Finance partner Mitch Rapaport is quoted in this article focused on the proposed political subdivision rules put forth by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service.

Nixon Peabody Adds DOJ Vet to White Collar Group

Law360 | March 02, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Tina Sciocchetti.

Law360 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board

Law360 | February 29, 2016

Washington, DC, partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is highlighted in this article as part of Law 360’s 2016 International Trade editorial advisory board.

Two Nixon Peabody Affordable Housing Attorneys Join Partnership

HousingOnline Weekly | February 03, 2016

This article from the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association highlights Affordable Housing partners Meghan Altidor and Aaron Yowell for their election to the partnership.

First RAD Component 2 Deals Using PBRA Contracts Close

Affordable Housing Finance | January 19, 2016

Affordable Housing practice group leader Stephen Wallace and Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen are featured throughout this article highlighting Nixon Peabody’s successful closing of the first four Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Component 2 preservation projects using 20-year Sec. 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) contracts in the nation.

Nixon Peabody Adds Tax Partner from Squire Patton

Law360 | January 15, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Washington, DC, securities partner Sean Clancy.

North Korea is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil Investor

New York Times | January 14, 2016

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions group partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article regarding investments in North Korea that may violate American sanctions.

Life Cycle Approach to Data Rights Can Help Contractors

Law360 | January 14, 2016

Boston IP Counseling & Transactions counsel David Crosby and Washington, DC, associate Harini Kidambi co-authored this column regarding implications arising from the 2015 Army Data & Data Rights Guide for military service professionals and other contractors.

Contracting Advocates Skeptical of Proposed Regulation Revision

Inside Defense | December 24, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this feature story on a proposed regulation meant to reduce constant submissions of pricing paperwork which has the right intent but may not solve the problem at hand.

Problems in DOD Plan to Reduce TINA Regulatory Actions

Law360 | December 21, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts group Vincent Napoleon and Washington, DC, associate Nia Newton co-authored this column on the latest proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement seeking to reduce unnecessary and repeated submissions of certified costs or pricing data pursuant to the Truth in Negotiation Act.

Congress Looks to Make Rents More Affordable

Washington Post | December 21, 2015

This article discusses the recent tax bill cleared by Congress, which makes the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit more generous and easier to finance the construction of affordable rental housing. Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Rick Goldstein, one of the leading advocates, is quoted in the piece. The article notes that Nixon Peabody “has one of the nation’s leading legal practices that specializes in tax credits and real estate development.”

Can Multifamily Developers Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis?

Real Estate Bisnow | December 04, 2015

This feature story discusses Washington, DC’s efforts to improve the state of the city’s affordable housing. The topic was the main focus at Bisnow’s Multifamily Annual Conference. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk and Affordable Housing practice group leader Steve Wallace are featured within the story.

Beyond Green: Sustainability and the "Living Building" Challenge

WAMU-Radio The Kojo Nnamdi Show | November 30, 2015

The Washington, DC, office is featured in this radio segment on doing more than just “going green.” Our upcoming community solar array project is specifically highlighted.

New HUD Fair Housing Proposal: Broad Expansion of Harassment Claims, Scope of Liability?

Law360 | November 23, 2015

Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Harry Kelly authored this column discussing a proposed Department of Housing and Urban Development rule clarifying two types of harassment claims under the Fair Housing Act and its potential impact.

Tax credit programs help provide incentive for preserving historic downtown buildings

Crain's Detroit Business | November 14, 2015

Partner and co-leader of the firm’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit team David Schon provides commentary throughout this feature article on how tax credit programs are driving the preservation of historic buildings.

Mission investing comes to the fore with recent announcements

Rochester Business Journal | November 13, 2015

Partners Jeff LaBarge and Mike Cooney co-authored this column on “mission” or “impact investing”—terms used to describe the deployment of philanthropic investment capital to advance charitable ends.

Credit Agricole Settlement Is Warning To Foreign Cos.

Law360 | November 02, 2015

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, business department law clerk Anjali Vohra authored this column discussing a U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control settlement underscoring the high compliance expectations placed on firms, the benefit of timely and complete voluntary self-disclosures and the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. sanctions program.

Office Envy: Inside Nixon Peabody's Washington office

CNBC Power Lunch | November 02, 2015

Nixon Peabody is featured on CNBC-TV’s Power Lunch in the “Office Envy” segment which showcases unique and innovative office spaces.

Rainmakers Who Always Shine

Diversity & the Bar | November 01, 2015

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Vince Napoleon, who leads the firm’s government contracts team, is profiled in this special section.

Despite Tough Times, Expansive Lobbies Thrive

Bloomberg BNA | October 27, 2015

Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk discusses our new office in this law firm real estate story. Jeff’s comments address a number of points including noting that we’re at a point where clients don’t appreciate offices that are heavy on opulence and how we aim to have our space serve multiple purposes—for clients and the community.

World Bank Tries Procurement Reform to Cut Corruption Risk

Compliance Week | October 14, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this piece on changes to the World Bank’s policies and procedures that will make the procurement process more consistent, transparent, and streamlined.

Mission Investing Invigorated

Law360 | October 06, 2015

Partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney and partner and Chief Innovation Officer Herb Stevens authored this piece discussing recent developments in the area known as “mission” or “impact investing”—terms used to describe the deployment of philanthropic investment capital to advance charitable ends.

3rd Circ. Reins In Damages for Disadvantaged Business Fraud

Law360 | October 05, 2015

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo, partner Mark Molloy and associate Emily Crandall Harlan authored this column on curtailing an aggressive loss theory that held defendants to more than the government’s loss in some fraud cases.

Cell Phone Location Records Not Protected by Fourth Amendment

ABA Litigation News | October 01, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Harlan provides commentary in this piece noting that a cell phone user does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy over a cell service carrier’s records that do not reveal the content of any communications.

In Split Victory for Contractors and Whistleblowers, Supreme Court Rejects Expansive Statute of Limitations Theory for False Claims Act Cases and Clarifies Application of Act's "First-to-File" Bar

Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report | October 01, 2015

This contributed column is authored by Boston Government Investigation & White collar defense partner Brian Kelly and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Crandall Harlan. Click here to read the full article.

3 Major Challenges of Franchising In Africa

Law360 | September 16, 2015

Washington, DC, partner Kendal Tyre and Washington, DC, associate Pierce Han authored this column discussing some of the major legal and business considerations to keep in mind when franchising in Africa.

Public-Private Partnerships—Is This a New Concept in Government Contracting?

Government Contracting Law Report | September 01, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon authored this column discussing the future of public-private partnerships (“P3s”) in government contracting. Washington, DC, department attorney Diana Vilmenay co-authored the column.

HUD's New Rule on Disclosure Requirements is a Good Start

Law360 | August 24, 2015

Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Tatiana Gutierrez authored this column discussing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s long-awaited proposed rule revising the process which governs disclosure requirements for HUD participants.

Nixon Peabody's Ultra-modern Office

Bisnow | August 21, 2015

The firm’s new Washington, DC, office is featured in this coverage. Office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted and pictured throughout the piece, as is the space itself.

The Vanishing FCPA ‘Facilitating Payments' Exception

Law360 | August 13, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Harlan and Boston partner and deputy leader of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice Danielle Pelot coauthored this article focusing on what companies doing business in foreign countries need to know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s facilitating payments exception.

Are Private Institution Security Department Records Subject to Disclosure Under Public Records Acts?

Privacy & Security Law Report | August 01, 2015

This column discusses two decisions that demonstrate the competing considerations in determining whether private institutions’ campus security departments equate to public acts subject to public records laws. Mike Cooney, Chris Thomas, Steven Richard and Kacey Houston Walker authored the piece.

Nixon Peabody: Raising the green bar among the DC bar

U.S. Green Building Council | July 31, 2015

This feature story highlights our new Washington, DC, office and notes how it is at the green building forefront.

Nixon Peabody Unveils a Different Type of Law Office in DC

The Boston Globe | July 23, 2015

CEO and managing partner Andrew Glincher and Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk are quoted throughout this feature story about the firm’s new DC office.

People on the Move

Washington Business Journal | July 20, 2015

Washington, DC, Public Company Transactions associate Pierce Han has been named to the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the greater DC area.

HUD's New Regulation Affirmatively Furthers Fair Housing

Law360 | July 17, 2015

Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Harry Kelly authored this column discussing long-awaited, final regulation implementing the Fair Housing Act’s “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH) provisions.

Experts discuss how green buildings are changing DC

Elevation DC | July 07, 2015

This feature story discusses how Washington, DC, has become a leader in the green building movement. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk and partner and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens are quoted and pictured in the piece.

Rule Change to Ease Export Controls in the Cloud

Compliance Week | July 06, 2015

Washington, DC, Business Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero provides commentary in this article on new amendments to U.S. export control regulations that are on the horizon.

For Summer Law Interns, the Livin' Is Easy

Wall Street Journal | July 06, 2015

In this feature story on summer associate programs, Chief Innovation Officer Herb Stevens discusses how we differentiate our summer program from others through things such as Imagination Summer—which has our summer associates developing new business ideas and solutions for clients. A current summer associate is interviewed.

Tourists More Eager than Businesses to Embark on Cuba

Rochester Business Journal | June 26, 2015

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article on doing business in Cuba.

Supreme Court Affirms Disparate Impact in Fair Housing

Affordable Housing Finance | June 25, 2015

As the Supreme Court winds down its current term, Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Harry Kelly discusses the much-awaited decision comes in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) v. Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) case involving low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs).

Justices Set Tougher Standard For FHA Bias Claims

Law360 | June 25, 2015

Washington, DC, Affordable Housing partner Harry Kelly provides commentary on the Supreme Court’s Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) v. Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) case decision involving low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs).

End of the Corner Office:  DC law firm designs its new space for millennials

Washington Post | June 22, 2015

This front-page feature article highlights our new office space in Washington, DC, and the vision behind this build-out. Several of our colleagues were quoted throughout the article. These colleagues include Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, leader of our IP Counseling & Transactions practice Jeff Costellia, Syndication practice group leader Greg Doran, and Washington, DC, associates Cody Rogers, Paige Gentry, and Emily Feder.  This article has been picked up by a number of publications nationwide including Buffalo News, the Miami Herald and the Kansas City Tribune, just to name a few.

Are P3s The 'New' Thing in Government Contracting?

Law360 | June 16, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, IP litigation staff attorney Diana Vilmenay authored this column on the rising popularity of public-private partnerships as a form of government contracting.

People on the Move

Washington Business Journal | June 15, 2015

Washington M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Kendal Tyre has been appointed to the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA), a U.S. federal advisory committee. The TACA provides the president of the United States with policy advice on issues involving trade and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Rising Tide of Suspensions and Debarments in Government Contracts

Government Contracting Law Report | June 10, 2015

In the second of this two-part column, Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders discuss the increasing the number of suspensions and debarments among government contractors.

GFOA Pushing Regulators on HQLA

The Bond Buyer | June 01, 2015

Washington, DC, Public Finance partner Mitch Rapaport is quoted throughout this piece on the Government Finance Officers Association’s efforts to galvanize public officials to pressure federal banking regulators into more permissive rules on municipal securities.

Nonprofits in the Zone of Insolvency: 2 Cautionary Tales

Law360 | May 19, 2015

New York City financial restructuring and bankruptcy counsel Chris Desiderio, Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Mike Cooney, and associate Rob Trott and Boston partner and leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice Victor Milione coauthored this column on important issues charitable fiduciaries should educate themselves on to avoid insolvency.

Anywhere but Here

Site Selection | May 13, 2015

Washington, DC, partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article discussing why location matters for multinationals in light of the largest criminal fine ever paid in connection with an International Emergency Economic Powers Act prosecution.

A Look at IRS Plan for Contracts with Foreign Contractors

Law360 | May 01, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions associate Rob Trott coauthored this article discussing the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations related to the assessment of a foreign contracts excise tax.

The Rising Tide of Suspensions and Debarments in Government Contracts

Government Contracting Law Report | May 01, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders coauthored this column, the first of two in this series, on how the current environment is increasing the number of suspensions and debarments among government contractors.

When Do-Gooders Do Well

Long Island Business News | April 01, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of our nonprofit organizations practice Mike Cooney is quoted in this article discussing best practices pertaining to nonprofit executive compensation.

Capitol Hill Hearing Testimony

CQ Congressional | March 24, 2015

The testimony of Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Public Companies Transactions practice John Partigan is highlighted. John testified at a Senate subcommittee meeting in support of the Senate bill (S. 576, Encouraging Employee Stock Ownership Act) to amend SEC Rule 701.

Virginia Bay Bridge District Fast-Tracks Subsea Tunnel

The Bond Buyer | March 23, 2015

New York City Public Finance partner Ken Lind and Washington, DC, Public Finance partner Mitch Rapaport are both noted as bond and disclosure counsel in this article on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District of Virginia’s planned subsea tunnel.

Upstate Poised for Revitalization if Leaders Act Boldly

The Daily Gazette | March 22, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Relations senior strategic policy advisor Tom Reynolds, along with 46 other business and civic leaders, published this opinion piece urging the New York State Legislature and the governor's commitment of financial resources to Upstate NY to spur revitalization.

DC Launches New Program to Encourage Green Business Practices

Examiner.com | March 05, 2015

Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted in this article on the Smarter DC Challenge—an initiative seeking to facilitate private-sector development of sustainable practices by businesses and nonprofits. Nixon Peabody is noted as one of the program's participants.

How changes in Cuba embargo affect travel, banking, exports, more

Rochester Business Journal | February 13, 2015

M&A and Corporate Transactions partners Jeff LaBarge and Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Commercial Litigation counsel Alycia Ziarno authored this column on the business implications of easing Cuba sanctions.

Outgoing FDA Chief's Contentious Tenure Empowered Agency

Law360 | February 05, 2015

Washington, DC, Health Care and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk is quoted in this article discussing the legacy of departing U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

Growing Potential for P3 Infrastructure Development in Cuba

Law360 | January 30, 2015

Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation and Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, IP Litigation staff attorney Diana Vilmenay authored this column on the potential impacts of new developments in U.S./Cuba relations on Cuban infrastructure growth.

Confusion Persists Over Medical Marijuana Enforcement

Law360 | January 21, 2015

A team of Commercial Litigation attorneys including Albany partner Dan Hurteau, Manchester associate Anthony Galdieri, Albany associate Jena Rotheim and Washington, DC, associate Angela Buckner co-authored this article discussing the omnibus spending bill that allows for state implementation of existing medical marijuana laws.

Real Estate Pros Brace for NYC Inclusionary Zoning Rules

Law360 | January 16, 2015

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this feature article discussing New York City's long-awaited revamped inclusionary zoning rules.

On the Board: Nixon Peabody LLP

The American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter Newsletter | January 01, 2015

The new Nixon Peabody Washington, D.C. office space is highlighted in this column.

5 Takeaways from Latest OFAC Guidance on Russia Sanctions

Law360 | December 22, 2014

In this column, Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses the Office of Foreign Assets Controls’ new FAQs addressing U.S. companies’ challenges in connection with the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List from the U.S. sanctions against Russian business interests.

Insights on DOD's Final Counterfeit Parts Rule

Law360 | December 15, 2014

Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, IP Litigation staff attorney Diana Vilmenay authored this column discussing the Department of Defense’s counterfeit parts rule.

What Makes a Great Neighborhood?

Elevation DC | December 08, 2014

This article discusses how Washington, DC, has in the past and is still working to build strong communities. The content of the article comes from the “Creating Great Neighborhoods” panel discussion hosted by Elevation DC and our DC office. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted and pictured.

Wind River Case May Signal Change for Encryption Exports

Law360 | November 20, 2014

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Emily Harlan authored this column on the settlement between the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Wind River Systems Inc., and the larger implications that BIS may be tightening the reins on encryption exports.

Mitigating the Risk of Contractor Ethics and Compliance Violations

Contract Management | November 14, 2014

Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation and Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon authored this article discussing consequences government contractors could face for failing to meet compliance and ethics obligations.

The Amazing Race Around DC

Legal Bisnow (D.C.) | November 07, 2014

The Washington, DC, office is featured for their annual Amazing Foot Race Challenge, which gets attorneys and staff up from their desks and outdoors. A daily clue sends DC colleagues looking for a historic landmark or monument within walking distance of the office.

Credit Card Information Security Issues in Franchising

The Legal Intelligencer | October 31, 2014

New York City partner and leader of the firm’s Franchise & Distribution practice Craig Tractenberg and Washington, DC, IP Litigation and Franchise & Distribution associate Keri McWilliams authored this piece discussing important data security issues for the franchise industry.

Wife Substituted Wrong Defendant

Virginia Lawyers Weekly | October 28, 2014

This coverage notes a Court of Appeals ruling nullifying a woman’s appeal of a trial court award under a prenuptial agreement in Loewinger v. Estate of Stephen Jay Loewinger. Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation partner Vernon Johnson is noted as counsel for the appellee.

Looser Rules Pave Way for NYC Affordable Housing Projects

Law360 | October 02, 2014

New York City Affordable Housing partners Joe Lynch and John Kelly are quoted in this feature article on the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s plans to streamline affordable housing project development.

Shining Lights: Five Illustrious Industry Leaders Are the 2014 Inductees to the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame

Affordable Housing Finance | October 01, 2014

Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Rick Goldstein is prominently featured among this year’s Affordable Housing Hall of Fame honorees.

Export Control Implications of Cloud Computing

The Export Practitioner | October 01, 2014

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero authored this column on the unique export compliance challenges cloud computing creates for users and providers.

Challenges Mount for Companies Doing Business in Russia

Rochester Business Journal | September 26, 2014

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this column discussing the obstacles companies who do business with Russia are facing in light of sanctions against the country.

Russian Sanctions May Provoke Firesales

Wall Street Journal | September 19, 2014

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero is featured in this Q&A on the economic impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia.

The Art of Dissolution, Winding Up, and Cancellation of a LLC

Affordable Housing Finance | September 16, 2014

Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation partner Le Dolan authored this column discussing the three stages of a limited liability company’s demise.

DOD Focusing On Competition: What Contractors Should Know

Law360 | September 08, 2014

Washington, DC, Government Contacts and Commercial Litigation partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation associate Katherine Bastian discuss new Department of Defense guidelines which contain various techniques and examples for developing acquisition strategies that combat constraint on competition.

Industry Leaders Head into Affordable Housing Hall of Fame

Affordable Housing Finance | August 26, 2014

Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Rick Goldstein is featured along with the four other inductees into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame.

Cloud Computing Poses Unique Export Controls Challenges

Law360 | August 06, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses how U.S. cloud users can stay compliant under the U.S. export control laws.

FDA's Biggest New Policies of 2014: Midyear Report

Law360 | July 28, 2014

Washington, DC, Health Care and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk is quoted in this forward-looking feature story on new rules and guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration making waves for drug and device makers.

The Biggest Banking Cases of 2014: Midyear Report

Law360 | July 25, 2014

This feature story focuses on some of the most prominent banking rulings and resolutions in 2014. DC Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses BNP Paribas’ agreement to pay just under $9 billion to federal and New York state regulators to settle violation of U.S. sanctions claims.

5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.

Law360 | July 22, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discuss the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia and what these mean moving forward.

What's Trending with Mobile Medical Apps and Health IT?

Bloomberg BNA Health IT Law & Industry Report | July 21, 2014

Washington, DC, Health Care and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk authored this article discussing a potential new Food and Drug Administration framework for mobile medical apps and health IT. Click here to read the full article.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege In Internal Compliance Investigation

Mondaq | July 21, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Danielle Pelot and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar defense associate Emily Harlan authored this column discussing the DC Circuit Court's decision clarifying that an attorney-client communication is protected as long as “one of the significant purposes” of the communication is obtaining or providing legal advice.

Broad New Russia Sanctions Create Compliance Uncertainty

Wall Street Journal | July 17, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero provides commentary on the latest round of sanctions against Russia by the president’s administration.

People on the Move

Washington Business Journal | July 15, 2014

This coverage notes that Washington, DC, Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Christian McBurney has been elected chair of the Tax Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

BNP Paribas OFAC Settlement — Another Warning To Banks

Law360 | July 10, 2014

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson authored this column discussing increased settlements involving violations of U.S. sanctions by major financial institutions.

Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Following This Week

Law360 | July 10, 2014

Gannett Co., Inc.’s acquisition of seven Texas television stations from London Broadcasting Company for $215 million is highlighted among the top deals this week. Nixon Peabody represented Gannett. The deal team noted in the coverage includes Public Company Transactions practice group leader John Partigan, Labor & Employment partners Brian Kopp and Michael Hausknecht, Tax partner Christian McBurney, Antitrust partner Gordon Lang and counsel Alycia Ziarno, and associates Tiana Butcher and Pierce Han.

Versar picks up J.M. Waller

The Deal | July 02, 2014

Client J.M. Waller Associates’ sale to Versar, Inc. is highlighted in this piece. The coverage notes J.M. Waller’s legal team led by securities practice group leader John Partigan and includes partners Brian Kopp and Christian McBurney; associate Pierce Han; and paralegal Alicia Rotella.

Complex Path Ahead in Post-Deadline FATCA Universe, Practitioners Say

Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report | June 30, 2014

Washington, DC, Public Finance associate Joel Swearingen discusses how the first round of reporting and withholding under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act will impact both the government and the financial industry.

Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Software Patent Ruling

Law360 | June 19, 2014

Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen and Washington, DC, IP Counseling & Transactions professional specialist Rob Pilaud provide commentary on the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank ruling that computerized abstract ideas are not patent eligible.

Risk and Compliance: Dozens of Companies Report North Korea Gold in Supply Chain

The Wall Street Journal | June 04, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero provides third-party commentary in this article on what corporations and businesses are doing as they discover that some of their products may include North Korean gold and the implications of this finding.

Carla Young Joins Nixon Peabody

The Bond Buyer | June 03, 2014

This feature story highlights the arrival of Washington, DC, Public Finance partner Carla Young.

Consequences of Criminal Convictions

American Bar Association "Sound Advice" | June 01, 2014

In this audio segment, Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses the new and unfamiliar situations the guilty party may face.

A Look at Export Control Changes for Satellites

Law360 | May 22, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin authored this column discussing how the decision by the U.S. government to remove commercial and scientific communications satellites from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List eases export of these products.

3 Things You May Have Missed In De Blasio's Housing Plan

Law360 | May 15, 2014

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen discusses some of the less publicized measures, including supportive housing, of New York City Mayor De Blasio’s new, high-profile affordable housing plan.

IRS Issues Guidance Granting Transition Relief for Good-Faith Efforts Under FATCA

Bloomberg/BNA Daily Tax Report | May 06, 2014

This article focuses on new IRS guidance aimed at easing the transition into the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Washington, DC, Public Finance associate Joel Swearingen provides commentary on the extension of the pre-existing obligation deadline as part of this guidance.

Sarbanes-Oxley's Whistle-blower Protections Reach Private Contractors

The Corporate Governance Advisor | May 01, 2014

This column discusses the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection to reach employees of public company's private contractors. Commercial Litigation partners Carolyn Nussbaum and Jon Sablone, Labor & Employment partner David Rosenthal and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin authored the piece.

US Anti-Boycott Laws: Top 5 Things Exporters Should Know

Law360 | April 29, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero authored this column discussing the key points that every U.S. exporter should know about the U.S. anti-boycott laws.

The Morning Risk Report: Companies Unprepared for Russia Sanctions

Wall Street Journal | April 29, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses new sanctions against Russia and few tools that companies can use to ensure compliance.

Managing Partner Roundtable

Legal Bisnow (DC) | April 22, 2014

Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is featured in this discussion with local office leaders on the changing legal landscape.

No More Export Licenses for Russia: Tips for Exporters

Law360 | April 17, 2014

Washington, DC, M&A/Corporate Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero authored this column discussing the issues raised for U.S. exporters resulting from the significant move by the U.S. government to stop issuing export licenses for dual-use and defense items to Russia.

Revamped Historic Building Credit a Boon to Savvy Hoteliers

Law360 | April 11, 2014

Washington, DC, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner David Schon discusses the use of the historic rehabilitation tax credit in the hotel industry.

Tax Reform's Pension Fund Surprise for PE Industry

Law360 | April 09, 2014

Washington, DC, Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Christian McBurney and Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney discuss a new legislative tax proposal that targets state and local government pension funds.

Court Weighs Procedural Safeguards for Audio Playbacks to Jury

American Bar Association Litigation News | April 04, 2014

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses the impact of a court decision regarding replayed audio recordings.

"Reprocessed" and the Berry Amendment: When Domestic Preference Turns a Blind Eye to Common Usage

Procurement Lawyer | March 21, 2014

Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation and Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation associate Angela Buckner authored this column discussing the Berry Amendment, which requires the Department of Defense to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home-grown products.

Latest Ukraine-Related Sanctions Likely Won't Be The Last

Law360 | March 18, 2014

Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Government Relations counsel Doug Dziak discuss the likely series of government sanctions in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

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