Hannah K.V. Cassidy

Nashville, TN Office

Hannah K. V. Cassidy is the Managing Member of Reno & Cavanaugh.  Hannah’s practice focuses on real estate development, with particular emphasis on projects combining private financing with various state and federal funding sources, such as tax credits, bonds, tax-increment financing, AHP loans, federally-insured loans, and grants.  She counsels owners, lenders, and investors through all phases of real estate development, including land acquisition, financing, construction, leasing, and disposition.  Hannah has structured developments to incorporate shared equity principles that foster long-term affordability and preservation of the public investment in affordable housing developments.  Her experience spans the full range of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects with retail, office, market rate housing, and affordable housing components.

Hannah has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® for Real Estate Law from 2010 to 2018.  

Selected Recent Transactions

  • Has closed hundreds of real estate development transactions combining private financing with various state and federal funding sources
  • Served as lead real estate counsel to a publicly-traded company in its nationwide acquisition and development of real property
  • Represented a consortium of nonprofits in its application, structuring, and implementation of $30 million in Competitive Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 funds to stabilize neighborhoods in 17 census tracts through acquisition, inhabitation and redevelopment of foreclosed, abandoned, and vacant properties.
  • Served as lead counsel in the structuring of a Tennessee pilot program and preparation of form documents to enable nonprofit organizations to use the federal Section 8 to Homeownership program

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Overview of Potential for Inclusionary Zoning in Tennessee, Tennessee Housing Development Agency Governor’s Housing Conference, Fall 2015.
  • Speaker, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Program Principles & Moving Parts, First American Title Insurance Company 2012 Commercial Seminar, Spring 2012.
  • Speaker, Gap Financing in 2011, National Housing and Rehabilitation Association 2011 Annual Meeting, February 2011
  • Speaker, Successful Strategies for Winning NSP Round-II Funding, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, May 2009
  • Speaker, Securing Affordable Home Ownership after the Foreclosure Debacle: How and Why the Shared Equity, Urban Affairs Association, March 2009
  • Speaker, Shared Equity, Governor’s Housing Summit, December 2008 

Prior Work Experience

Before becoming an attorney, Hannah worked for Howell Associates, a real estate consulting firm in Washington, DC. There, she performed market and financial feasibility studies for market rate and affordable housing developments and assisted developers with applications to provide affordable housing to the elderly through HUD’s Section 202 program.

Awards, Community and Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University
  • John W. Wade Scholar, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Order of the Coif, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Senior Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Past President of the Board of Trustees, St. Mary Villa
  • Past Board Member, Exchange Club of Nashville
  • Past Board Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Past Board Member, Woodbine Community Organization


Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.

  • Senior Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

Harvard University, B.A.

Bar Admission

  • Tennessee Bar


University Park, IL