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Amy M. McClain


Ballard Spahr LLP

Represented Housing Authorities of Fresno in four of the country's first RAD conversions

Represented New York City Housing Authority in revitalizing 60,000 public housing units

Amy McClain is a partner of Ballard Spahr and chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. She represents housing authorities and affordable housing developers in mixed-finance transactions. She handles various funding sources, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, public housing and Section 8 funding sources, HUD-insured loans, tax-exempt bonds, state housing finance agency loan funds and conventional financing.

Highlights include representing the Housing Authorities of Fresno in four of the country’s first Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversions. She represented the New York City Housing Authority in revitalizing 60,000 public housing units. McClain also represented the Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration in the nation’s largest bond issuance and Low Income Housing Tax Credit acquisition/rehabilitation transaction. This involved over $700 million in funds to modernize over 4,000 units within 33 public housing developments.

Her pro bono experience includes representation of the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation affiliate, Stadium Place Inc., in its Stadium Place development and collaboration of Ballard Spahr attorneys and paralegals with Project HEAL, a medical-legal partnership of the Kennedy Krieger Institute to provide pro bono legal services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

McClain is past chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and works with the Housing and Development Law Institute.

She is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. She has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and the Legal 500 U.S. She was named one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland and Leading Women list.

McClain received her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.

These are some of the reasons why we are honoring Amy McClain with Connect CRE’s 2023 Washington DC Lawyers in Real Estate Award. The award celebrates real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice and the larger community.


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