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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


Hara Perkins, a Director at the firm, has helped to structure some of the more significant neighborhood-transforming real estate transactions in New York City in recent years, including Essex Crossing (on the public side) and Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus (on the private side). Her consensus-building approach delivers long-term value to her clients, as many transactions involve lasting relationships through joint ventures, ground leases or condominium regimes. She is a passionate and innovative attorney, creatively structuring complex deals and incorporating new technologies into the practice of law.

Hara is recognized nationally as an expert in housing and economic development.  She has negotiated low income affordable housing tax credit transactions valued at more than $1 billion for clients who are developers and investors. 

Hara co-chairs the firm’s Multifamily Housing Industry group and speaks regularly on trends and changes in the industry. 

Prior to joining the firm, Hara clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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. Transaction involved the overlay of ground lease and condominium regimes.
  • Represented Jonathan Rose Companies in connection with the acquisition, financing and redevelopment of multifamily properties across the country. Handled joint venture negotiations, purchase and sale agreements, federal low-income housing tax credit and bond financings, and Fannie/Freddie and other debt.
  • 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. Required a public RFP process and negotiation with multiple bidders.
  • Handled formation and 501(c)(3) filing for Civic Consulting USA, which provides social impact consulting. Provides ongoing outside general counsel guidance and serves as Secretary of the Board.
  • Negotiated Low Income Housing Tax Credit transactions investing over $1B in affordable housing, on behalf of developers and investors.
  • 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. 
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Civic Consulting USA, Secretary
  • Yale Alumni Real Estate Association, Co-Chair
  • Urban Land Institute, Public Private Partnership Product Council Member and formerly Management Committee Member of ULI NY
  • Kokushi Budo Institute, Shidoin
Awards and Recognition
  • Crain's Leading Women Laywers in New York City, 2018
  • 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
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases
num: 11
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
blogEntries: What Does Tax Reform Mean for Retail?
blogEntries: Following An Evolving Retail Scene In New York City
blogEntries: Preparing for a Retail Storm
April 2015
Goulston & Storrs Promotes Six to Director
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