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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 firm was established in 1979 and quickly established itself as one of the most knowledgeable firms within its practice areas.

The firm provides an exceptional depth of legal expertise. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in real estate, including federal housing law, and have been involved with the drafting of major federal housing legislation over the past fifty years. As recognized authorities in housing law, the firm’s attorneys are frequently called upon to share their knowledge and expertise. In addition, Sheila Salmon is a certified fair housing trainer for the National Affordable Housing Management Association and presents seminars on fair housing and other applicable civil rights laws.

Given the collective experience of the firm’s attorneys, the firm provides unparalleled legal representation to its clients, achieving optimum results in the areas of administrative law, legislative law, fair housing and related civil rights law, litigation, and real estate law, with an emphasis on affordable housing. While the firm’s primary focus is real estate and housing law, it occasionally assists clients in the areas of contract law, wills and estates, including probate administration, as well as other general law matters, including civil litigation. For a detailed discussion of our practice areas, please visit the firm’s Practice Areas Overview page.

A hallmark of the firm is its commitment to providing personalized legal services of the highest caliber. The firm’s attorneys will meet or confer with clients individually, listen attentively to their concerns, assess their needs and options, and determine the best strategy to attain their goals.

Coan & Lyons has established a reputation across the country for attaining positive results for its clients. The firm has achieved notable results on behalf of many of its clients, including the following representative cases:

  • Kansas City v. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 861 F.2d 739 (D.C. Cir. 1988)
  • Brighton Village Associates et al v. United States, 52 F.3rd 1056 (Fed. Cir. 1995)
  • Trafalgar Capital Associates, Inc. v. Cuomo, 153 F.3d 21 (1st Cir. 1998)
  • Brook Village North Associates v. Jackson, 2008 WL 64669 (D.N.H. 2008)
  • Steinhorst Associates v. Preston, 572 F.Supp.2d 112 (D.D.C. 2008)
  • Greenleaf Limited Partnership v. Illinois Housing Development Authority, 2010 WL 389412 (N.D.Ill.)

In addition, the firm has cultivated and maintained long-term relationships with a number of its clients, some for more than twenty years. This is evidence of the firm’s commitment to effectively serving its clients and the trust and confidence its clients have in the firm.

Contact Coan & Lyons to consult with a team of experienced and knowledgeable federal housing attorneys.

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  • Washington Office
    1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
    Suite 600
    Washington, District of Columbia 20036
    Phone: 202-728-1070
    Fax: 202-293-2448