Jeffrey S. Lesk

Washington, DC, partner Jeff Lesk is as a nationally recognized finance attorney. He works with investors, lenders, sponsors, developers and other private and public industry stakeholders to finance high-impact, socially oriented community developments.

What do you focus on?

Affordable Housing and Community Development

I’ve spent most of my career creating and implementing large-scale investment programs, primarily public-private partnerships. I advise financial institutions and other corporate investors in transactions that bring much-needed capital to privately developed affordable housing and other community developments—under the framework and support of publicly sponsored programs. I love the challenge of bridging seemingly impossible gaps between these worlds, working with and developing new financing tools and programs that meet the goals of sophisticated investors.

Sustainability/Renewable Energy

I’m proud to be a founder and leader of NP’s Legally Green® initiative. It’s been rewarding to integrate my long-standing personal pledge to the environment into my substantive legal practice. As a LEED AP, my participation on local and national advisory boards such as Conservation International, have helped further the firm’s commitment to sustainability. Through my role on the board of the firm’s conference company IPED, Inc., I also have served as a co-chair of the Affordable Housing Summit at USGBC’s Greenbuild®, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Teaching and Speaking

I frequently lecture at local universities and law schools on community development and green building, and I’m on the national speaking circuit for trade association meetings, industry events and seminars. While sharing my technical knowledge, experience and perspective, I stay current and learn from others, especially students who ask tough questions and spark discussions well beyond the legal field.

What do you see on the horizon?

The current political and economic environment is creating even bigger challenges for investors and developers of affordable housing and community development. I see big changes in the number and mechanisms for public financial support of community development. We have an opportunity to help shape the future by leveraging existing programs and financial resources to do more with less.

How a DC law firm installed solar panels to help low-income people save on utilities

Washington Post | May 11, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s pro bono solar panel project is featured in this article.  Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens are quoted throughout this feature which highlights how this first-of-its-kind project benefits low-income residents in the DC community.

Nixon Peabody seeks to benefit the poor with its solar panels

ABA Journal | May 11, 2018

Washington DC partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens are mentioned in this article about the NP Solar program, which uses solar panels placed atop DC-area buildings to produce electricity and cost savings for low-income residents.

DC law firm uses its own panels to cut others' power bills

Energy & Environmental News | May 11, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s pro bono solar panel project is featured in this trade publication for energy and environment professionals. Washington, DC tax credit finance and syndication senior counsel Herb Stevens is quoted and partner Jeff Lesk is mentioned.

Sol Systems monetizes SRECs for first Community solar project in DC

Sol Systems | September 22, 2017

This article is about a partnership between Sol Systems and New Partners Community Solar Corp., a nonprofit founded by Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partners Jeff Lesk and Herb Stevens, to monetize solar renewable energy credits from the community solar project in DC.

Nixon Peabody brings back the sun in DC

The National Law Journal | August 27, 2017

This article features the Washington, DC office’s solar program and mentions partners Jeff Lesk and Herb Stevens, who manage grants for the firm’s nonprofit New Partners Community Solar Corp.

Q&A: The future of DC affordable housing

Bisnow | April 05, 2017

This Q&A with Washington DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk is about the future of affordable housing and community development amid looming tax reforms and potential cuts to federal programs. Click here to read the full article.

DC mayor proposing green bank to fund clean energy projects

NBC4 Washington | March 15, 2017

Washington DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens were interviewed in this broadcast news segment about a green bank that could be created to help finance environmentally friendly projects similar to the solar panels installed on our DC office building.

Up on Nixon Peabodys roof

Tax Credit Advisor | March 01, 2017

Washington, DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens are featured in this article about the Washington, DC office’s Community Solar project.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Affordable Housing Deals Are Getting More Plentiful, But More Complex

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.

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.

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.

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.


Jeffrey S. Lesk

Partner, LEED® AP

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8707

Fax: 866-947-3579

University of Arizona College of Law, J.D.

Stanford University, B.A.

District of Columbia

Jeff has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.

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