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.
- 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
- "Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for Real Estate Development: Beyond Bridges and Roads," Strafford Publications, August 2014
- "Financing Multi-Family Affordable Housing Projects: Leveraging LIHTCs, HUD loan programs, State Financing and Federal Block Grants," Strafford Publications, June 2014
- "Yale Alumni Real Estate Association National Conference: Fresh Capital, Fresh Ideas," April 2014 (Conference Co-Chair)
- "Repositioning Government Real Property via Public Private Partnership," Asset Management Roundtable, October 2013
- AHF Live, The Affordable Housing Developers’ Summit, November 2012
- "Transit-Oriented Development Today," Urban Land Institute of New York YLG, February 2011
- "Peer to Peer Workshop: Affordable Housing," Urban Land Institute New York YLG, April 2010
- "Neighborhood Stabilization Program," Council for Affordable and Rural Housing, June 2009
- "Credit Crisis Impact on Affordable Housing," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 2008