Practice Areas

Coan & Lyons represents private owners, non-profit organizations and public housing agencies throughout the United States in connection with the acquisition, development and management of a variety of real estate, with special emphasis on affordable housing and other properties financed under the various mortgage loan and guarantee programs of HUD and other Federal, State and local agencies. The specific areas of law in which the firm practices includes the following:

Administrative Law

Housing providers, including public housing agencies, and managers face a myriad of responsibilities. Providers and managers must comply with a diverse array of federal regulations, such as those relating to the operation of the housing, as well as to equal access to housing. The attorneys at Coan & Lyons have considerable experience interacting with different federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The attorneys’ understanding of the organizational and procedural operations of these agencies allows them, on behalf of the firm’s clients, to interact with appropriate agency officials, assist housing providers and managers in complying with these regulations, and advocate on behalf of clients in administrative proceedings.

Legislative Law

When necessary, the attorneys at Coan & Lyons will draft and initiate, or otherwise advocate with respect to, important housing legislation that focus on the issues and concerns of its clients.

Fair Housing

Federal laws, such as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended in 1988 and again in 1995, otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act, prohibit discrimination in housing-related transactions based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. The lawyers at Coan & Lyons possess significant expertise in the complex and specialized area of fair housing law. They routinely counsel clients regarding the Fair Housing Act, as well as other applicable civil rights laws, and aggressively defend clients accused of violations of these laws. The firm also represents those who have been discriminated against. In addition, one of the firm’s attorneys is a certified instructor for the National Affordable Housing Management Association’s Fair Housing Course and teaches seminars on fair housing and other civil rights-related issues.

Litigation

Coan & Lyons has extensive litigation experience, representing housing providers, including public housing agencies, and property managers at the federal level. The firm has successfully handled myriad cases involving issues of affordable housing, accommodating disabled individuals, claims of racial and gender discrimination in housing transactions, and other issues related to multifamily and public housing. The firm also specializes in general civil litigation matters.

Real Estate

The attorneys at Coan & Lyons counsel, advise, and represent private owners, non-profit organizations and public housing agencies throughout the United States in connection with the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of a variety of real estate, with special emphasis on affordable housing and other properties financed under the various mortgage loan guarantee programs of HUD and other Federal, State and local agencies.

Other Practice Areas

While the firm’s primary focus is on housing matters and housing-related litigation, Coan & Lyons also assists clients in contract law matters, such as reviewing and drafting business agreements and negotiating contractual provisions with other parties, the occasional wills and estates, including probate administration, as well as other general law matters.


Coan & Lyons

1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-728-1070 · Fax: 202-293-2448

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