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David AbromowitzDavid Abromowitz

(617) 574-4016
Fax: (617) 574-7563

400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA
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David Abromowitz is a real estate attorney who is nationally known for complex development and finance deals, in particular public-private partnership transactions. A major focus of his practice is affordable housing and economic development, including Section 42 multifamily residential properties, private redevelopment of public housing, recapitalization and sales of older HUD-assisted properties (HUD Section 236, Section 8), community land trusts, and other multi-layered public and private financings.  David served several years on the firm's Executive Committee and as one of the firm's first Co-Chairs of its Real Estate group.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel on private redevelopment of 1100 unit public housing development, which will add 2000 market rate units on site.
  • Representation of a Massachusetts-based developer and manager of affordable housing on the successful sale of a multi-property portfolio in one of the largest affordability preservation transactions in the Commonwealth’s history.
  • Sale for national REIT of 14 property,  1,200 unit apartment portfolio involving numerous subsidy, regulatory and structuring issues.
  • $160 Million securitized refinancing of 1,283 unit apartment complex involving subordination of three public loans and ground lease negotiations to meet rating agency requirements.
  • Counsel to John Hancock Financial Services on the sale of the Hancock Tower and related buildings to Beacon Capital Partners as well as on the subsequent repurchase of the Brown and Berkeley Buildings from Broadway Partners.
  • $700 Million Boston Convention and Exposition Center project for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, including land assembly, relocation and multi-party development arrangements.
  • Master-planned development of 3,000 acre former Digital Equipment Corporation campus into 2,500 home planned unit development (including multiple hotel/conference centers, and Rees Jones and Jack Nicklaus designed golf course) for Pinehills LLC.
  • Tax credit equity investments for various national syndicators, including numerous tax credit partnerships throughout the Southeast, Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic.
  • Creation of multi-property lending program and closing of numerous loans across the country.
  • Portfolio transaction for Section 236 and Section 8 owner involving all aspects of over 3,000 units of HUD-assisted housing.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • YouthBuild USA, Inc. (Board member, 2000-2015) (Chief Public Policy Officer, 2015-Present)
  • Vice-Chair, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (2013-present); Secretary (2011-2013); Board of Directors (1997-present)
  • Board, Equity Trust (1996-present)
  • Co-Chair, Governor Deval Patrick’s Housing Transition Working Group (2006-2007); Housing Transition Team member, Mayor Marty Walsh (2013)
  • Co-Chair and founding member, Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness (Co-Chair, 1993-1998) Board, YouthBuild USA (1998-present) Chair, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development (1996-1997) and Board Member (1987-1998)
  • American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development (co-founder, Chair 1994)
  • Past President, Congregation Eitz Chayim
  • Former Chair, Goulston & Storrs Pro Bono Committee (overseeing Firm’s award-winning pro bono program) (1997-2007)
  • Lecturer, Harvard Law School (2016)
  • Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress (2008-2016)
  • Board of Directors, MassDevelopment (2009-2016)
Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
  • Affordable Housing Vision Award, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, 2014
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, B'Nai B'rith Housing New England, 2013
  • Recognized as a "social capitalist" by SCI Social Capital, Inc., 2008
  • Honored by Fair Housing Center of Boston, 2007
  • Honored by National Economic Development and Law Center, 2004
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2016
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, "Financing Rental Housing--REO to Rental in the Single Family Arena," Urban Institute and CoreLogic Symposium on Housing Finance, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, National Community Land Trust Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2010
  • Featured Speaker, Neighborworks America National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009
  • Panelist, "Green Initiatives in Affordable Housing," Boston Bar Association, 2009
  • Presenter, "Public Service Opportunities in the Private Sector", Harvard Law School, 2003
  • Presenter, National Association of Black Realtors, "Making Affordable Assisted Living a Reality", Louisville, KY, 2000
  • Presenter, Real Estate Finance Association forum, 1999
Press Releases
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clientAdvisories: Deepening Credit Crisis - Legal Developments
clientAdvisories: The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
publicationsArticles: "Addressing Foreclosures: A Great American Dream Neighborhood Stabilization Plan," Center for American Progress
publicationsArticles: "A Foreclosure-Free Option," Boston Globe
publicationsArticles: "Striving For Green Affordable Housing," GlobeSt.com
clientAdvisories: Affordable Housing and Economic Development Notes
clientAdvisories: Neighborhood Stabilization Program Update
clientAdvisories: FY 2009 Appropriations Mixed Bag for Housing Programs, FY 2010 Looking Brighter
clientAdvisories: New Energy Efficiency Coordination Between HUD and DOE
clientAdvisories: HUD Issues Notice of Funding Availability for Energy and Green Retrofits to Section 202, Section 811 and Section 8 Housing
clientAdvisories: Broad Housing Tax Credit Consensus Reached
publicationsArticles: "Groups Agree to LIHTC Stimulus Plan"
clientAdvisories: PACE Bond Financing for Energy Projects Gaining Favor, Adopted in New York
clientAdvisories: Affordable Housing Preservation Law Imposes New Notice Requirements, Right of First Refusal and Right of First Offer
publicationsArticles: The Next Housing Crisis
publicationsArticles: "Crossing the Finish Line: Exchange Funds Push Massachusetts Deal Forward", Tax Credit Adviser
publicationsArticles: "A Responsible Market for Rental Housing Finance," Center for American Progress
publicationsArticles: "Making the Community Reinvestment Act More Effective," Center for American Progress
publicationsArticles: "Homeownership Done Right," Center for American Progress
publicationsArticles: "A Path to Homeownership," Center for American Progress
clientAdvisories: State Tax Credit Encourages Expansion of Market Rate Housing Stock
publicationsArticles: "Local Commercial Real Estate Could Get Boost from Israeli Investors," Banker & Tradesman
publicationsArticles: "Why Public Spending Matters," New York Times
publicationsArticles: "Which Way Out?," Apartment Finance Today
publicationsArticles: “Pagos iniciales podría sabotear la compra de vivienda (Down payments could sabotage homeownership),” ImpreMedia
publicationsArticles: "Take a Load Off, Fannie: A Bold Plan to Boost Housing," The Atlantic
publicationsArticles: "Massachusetts Affordable Housing Professionals Travel to Israel with JCRC," Boston/ SF News
publicationsArticles: Homeowner Refinancing Would Kick-Start the Economy
clientAdvisories: HUD Issues Final Notice for Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD): Owner Opportunities for Converting Public Housing, Mod Rehab, Rent Supp and RAP Assistance to Project-Based Vouchers
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Represents State Street Development in Record Breaking Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency Deal
publicationsArticles: "GSE Reform Could Have Dire Unintended Consequences for Homeowners," Mortgage News Daily
publicationsArticles: "The Housing Market is Not Only for Homeowners," Center for American Progress
clientAdvisories: Commonwealth Considers Rule Changes to Impact Multifamily Owners Under Affordable Housing Preservation Law Chapter 40T: Considerations Prior to Marketing a Massachusetts Apartment Complex
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Director David Abromowitz Elected Vice-Chair of National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Captures 47 Spots on the 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List; 14 on the 2013 Massachusetts Rising Stars List
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs’ David Abromowitz to Join Housing Working Group to Advise Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh
publicationsArticles: "Goulston & Storrs' Director Named to Mayor's Transition Team," Boston Business Journal
publicationsArticles: "Fannie, Freddie hiking mortgage loan fees," The Boston Herald
publicationsArticles: "Manulife Spends $618M On Gateway City Office Assets," Law360
pressReleases: MEDIA ALERT: Goulston & Storrs, Gross Kleinhendler to Host Governor Deval Patrick at Massachusetts Real Estate Opportunities Round Table in Israel
clientAdvisories: Walsh Administration Releases Eagerly-Awaited Housing Plan
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Real Estate Practice Captures Spot in Top Ten, Law360 Annual Survey
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Congratulates David Abromowitz on New Role as Chief Public Policy Officer at YouthBuild USA
publicationsArticles: Get Housing in the Game!
publicationsArticles: HUD, Let's Talk
pressReleases: 50 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
pressReleases: 45 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Attorney David Abromowitz Elevated to Chairman of National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
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February 2018
Goulston & Storrs Attorney David Abromowitz Elevated to Chairman of National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
October 2016
45 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
October 2015
50 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
January 2016
Goulston & Storrs Congratulates David Abromowitz on New Role as Chief Public Policy Officer at YouthBuild USA
November 2014
Goulston & Storrs Real Estate Practice Captures Spot in Top Ten, Law360 Annual Survey
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