James Allen - Affordable Housing and Real Estate lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

James Allen

James Allen is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Affordable Housing and Real Estate group. He represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, owners, landlords, buyers, and sellers in sophisticated, affordable real estate transactions.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on affordable housing transactions and represent clients in connection with affordable real estate matters. My experience includes reviewing and analyzing keystone affordable housing real estate and regulatory transaction documents. I am also attuned to important changes to federal, state, and local legislation that may impact and hopefully expand affordable and supportive housing at each level. Inclusionary, livable, and sustainable communities are a priority for me, and I have committed my career to devising real estate transactions in a manner that allows us to maintain and create diverse communities and truly affordable housing options.

What do you see on the horizon?

As the demand for affordable multifamily housing continues to grow, developers and owners of multifamily housing are confronted with the challenges of finding new, creative ways to leverage public and private resources. I am thinking about how to best utilize public and private resources to develop and preserve affordable housing.

I am also interested in how innovative technology can help lower the costs of affordable housing development and real estate transactions. The last few years have seen incredible leaps in both real estate and legal technology, which, I expect, will help streamline affordable housing development and transactions.

Publications & Presentations

  • “The Color of Algorithms: An Analysis and Proposed Research Agenda for Deterring Algorithmic Redlining,” 46 Fordham Urb. L.J. 219 (2019)
  • “Disrupting Affordable Housing: Regulating AirBnB and Other Short-Term Rental Housing in New York City,” 26 J. Affordable Housing & Cmty. Dev. L. 151 (2017)

$30 million acquisition of the Johanna Apartments preserves affordable housing Harlem, Manhattan

New York YIMBY | August 04, 2021

This article covers Camber Property Group&rsquos latest acquisition of an affordable housing apartment in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. The deal will extend affordability protections for the maximum 40-year term through a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development contract and an agreement with the City of New York. NP is mentioned for the work by New York City partner Aaron Yowell, strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen, and associate James Allen, and Boston counsel Alexander Rosso, all in the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group, for advising Camber Property.


James Allen


New York

Phone: 212-940-3049

Fax: 844-984-1375

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

Howard University, B.A., cum laude

New York

  • Member, Board of the Rising Leaders Network of the New York Housing Conference
  • Board of Directors, Kallion Leadership, Inc.
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