Herbert F. Stevens

Herb Stevens is a retired community development attorney and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on financing community-based projects by leveraging public programs, including tax credits, with private capital development. His previous clients included large capital markets investors, local governments and for-profit and nonprofit developers of important projects.

In his previous role as Chief Innovation Officer, he helped attorneys at Nixon Peabody develop new, more responsive legal services.

What do you focus on?

Ground-breaking projects

I have created new financing platforms for ground-breaking projects throughout the country in the areas of community development, historic preservation, renewable energy, affordable housing and sustainability. For example, when two important federal subsidy programs, the low-income housing tax credit and the new markets tax credit, were in their “startup” phases, I helped businesses and attorneys create the financial structures financing channels to deliver the federal benefits to local communities.

New Markets

Some of my favorite projects have been working to bring new investment and new life into underserved communities. Larger projects can serve as an anchor to revitalize an entire neighborhood, such as turning a beautiful but long-vacant armory into a vibrant theater; restaurants and night life soon follow. Less glamorous but perhaps more important are projects that bring jobs, such as manufacturing, retail and charter schools.

Solar and Sustainable Energy

I’ve worked on a wide variety of renewable energy projects, from nationwide residential and commercial solar to the first state-sponsored fund that put solar on homes for low and moderate income families. Now that I have retired my legal practice, as cofounder and president of New Partners Solar, I focus my efforts on creating new opportunities for affordable housing residents to participate in the benefits of solar energy using community solar laws.

What do you see on the horizon?

How will companies and investors work with multiple government and nonprofit organizations to build new resources in local communities? The answers to that question will be the big success stories in the future for real estate development. All parties now know they need each other to accomplish this. We will keep finding unique ways for the government programs and the private sector to share in the mission to bring new energy to underserved areas.

There's a segment of the local tech industry ‘primed to grow rapidly.’ But we're leaving money on the table.

Washington Business Journal | April 15, 2021

This article on clean technology in the Washington, DC region details New Partners Community Solar’s roots within our firm, as well as the organization’s mission, and quotes New Partners CEO Herb Stevens and President Jeff Lesk, both senior counsel with the Community Development Finance group in DC.

Solar Power Access: A Matter of Justice

Washington Lawyer | March 01, 2020

This in-depth profile of New Partners Community Solar features Nixon Peabody’s role in the project and quotes Washington, DC, Community Development Finance senior counsel Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens.

Introducing the resiliency center

National Housing and Rehabilitation Association | July 20, 2019

This story mentions New Partners Community Solar, the nonprofit founded in 2017 by senior counsel Herb Stevens and Community Development Finance partner Jeff Lesk, both of Washington, DC. New Partners played a crucial role in the development of the city’s first affordable housing resiliency center—a suite of rooms available to all residents that provides an emergency power supply for residents to use during disasters or outages.


Herbert F. Stevens

Senior Counsel

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8811

Fax: 866-947-3560

Georgetown University Law Center, M.L.

Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.

District of Columbia

Herbert was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Real Estate Law. Herbert has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2018.

Herb is recognized as one of the top tax lawyers in the Washington, DC, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine (2014-2016).

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