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Hara Perkins real estate transactions housing economic development investments lawyer



Hara Perkins has structured city-transforming real estate transactions, including NYC's 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 and involves lasting relationships through joint ventures, ground leases or condominium regimes.

Hara is recognized as an expert in affordable housing and economic development. She has negotiated over $10 billion in low income housing tax credit transactions for developers and investors. More recently, she has been exploring with clients how Proptech might be tailored to benefit the residents of affordable housing. She speaks regularly on industry trends, and currently serves on the Smart City sub-board of the Propmodo Editorial Advisory Board.

An award-winning attorney, Hara was named one of NY's Top 30 Remarkable Women and Crain's Leading Women Lawyers. She serves as Administrative Head of the firm's New York City Office and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. 

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


  • Invited to co-author the FHA financing chapter for Navigating HUD Programs: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Labyrinth, 2022 edition
  • Crain's Leading Women Lawyers in New York City, 2018, 2019
  • City & State New York's Top 30 Remarkable Women, 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


  • Propmodo Editorial Advisory Board Member 
  • 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


  • New York
  • District of Columbia


  • Yale University  (B.A., cum laude, 2000)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School  (J.D., 2003)