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D. Hara PerkinsD. Hara Perkins

(212) 878-5129
Fax: (212) 878-6911

New York
885 Third Avenue
18th Floor
New York NY
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Yale University, B.A., 2000, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2003
New York

District of Columbia


D. Hara Perkins negotiates public-private real estate transactions, often financed through tax credits (low-income housing, historic, new markets, renewable energy and tax increment financing). Hara counsels city agencies, developers and banks on a broad range of economic development and affordable housing transactions, from repositioning underutilized city-owned property in New York City and DC to innovative structures for new federal subsidies. Previously, Hara clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is the Secretary of Civic Consulting USA, co-chair of the Yale Alumni Real Estate Association, and recently served on the Management Committee of Urban Land Institute New York.

Hara regularly speaks at industry conferences on affordable housing and economic development. She is also a frequent speaker on topics affecting the multifamily real estate industry, including a recent Roundtable Discussion on The Future of Multifamily Real Estate in New York published in Crain's New York Business. Hara is a Director at the firm and is Co-Chair of the firm's Multifamily Housing group.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Forest City Ratner Companies as master builder of the Cornell Tech Campus (a 12-acre, net-zero campus on Roosevelt Island tying into a central utility plant) and developer of the Bridge at Cornell Tech Condominium.
  • Represented the New York City Economic Development Corporation in connection with the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area and the sale of two historic office buildings in lower Manhattan.
  • Negotiated Low Income Housing Tax Credit transactions investing over $1 billion in affordable housing.
  • Represented worldwide retailer in its first DC site - on Urban Renewal Land supported with Tax Increment Financing. 
  • Guided non-profit on the ground lease of city property, financed with New Markets Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits.
  • Handled sale-leasebacks of office buildings in NYC and DC, including the formation of commercial condominiums regimes and negotiation of zoning lot development/single lot covenant agreements. 
  • Provided pro bono guidance to industry groups regarding draft affordable housing legislation.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Secretary, Civic Consulting USA
  • Co-Chair, Yale Alumni Real Estate Association
  • Public Private Partnership Product Council, Urban Land Institute
  • Formerly Management Committee Member, Membership Chair, Urban Land Institute New York
  • Shidoin, Kokushi Budo Institute
Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2014
  • Wells Fargo “Who’s Next” Scholarship for Urban Land Institute Young Leaders, 2012
  • Kaufman Public Service Fellowship, 2003
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Press Releases
num: 8
clientAdvisories: Deepening Credit Crisis - Legal Developments
clientAdvisories: Federal Stimulus Act Bolsters Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Alternative or Renewable Energy
clientAdvisories: HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program: HUD Authorizes PHAs to Project-base HUD-VASH Vouchers
clientAdvisories: Treasury and HUD Issue Guidance on the Tax Credit Exchange Program and the Tax Credit Assistance Program
clientAdvisories: HUD Issues Notice of Funding Availability for Energy and Green Retrofits to Section 202, Section 811 and Section 8 Housing
clientAdvisories: HUD Inspector General Cracks Down on the Use of Residual Receipts
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Promotes Six to Director
publicationsArticles: Crains New York Business Real Estate Roundtable: The Future of Multifamily Real Estate in New York
April 2015
Goulston & Storrs Promotes Six to Director
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