Martin Walsh

Washington, DC Office

Martin Walsh is a Member who focuses on affordable housing development and has expertise counseling housing authorities.  He is a faculty member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and teaches seminars on public housing development involving LIHTCs.  He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences on public housing development issues and PHAs’ use of affiliates and instrumentalities in development activities. He is currently the managing member of the firm's Washington, DC office and a member of the firm's management committee. 

Selected Recent Transactions

  • Provide legal assistance structuring, financing and closing multifamily affordable housing developments for range of clients across the country including public housing authorities, nonprofit and for-profit developers, public agencies, private developers, and lenders.
  • Represent major national bank as lender’s counsel on affordable housing transactions involving federal low income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, HUD 202 and 811 funding, and other state and local funding sources.
  • Possess expertise with all major affordable housing funding programs including Rental Assistance Demonstration program, FHA mortgage insurance, Section 8 project based rental assistance, HUD 202/811, HOPE VI, Choice Neighborhoods, Public Housing, Capital and Operating funds, Moving-to-Work funding, federal low income housing tax credits, tax exempt bonds, HOME funds, CDBG funds, Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program funds, Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, ARRA funding and other public and private sources.
  • Successfully represented clients in HUD-assisted affordable housing transactions across the country, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Indiana, Delaware, South Carolina, Hawaii, Montana, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, and Colorado.
  • Provide legal assistance to housing authorities and other non-profit and for-profit entities related to organizational governance, HUD regulatory matters, operational issues, tax-exemption issues and other corporate matters.

Major Prior Work Experience

Martin formerly worked as a staff attorney at Regional Housing Legal Services, a non-profit legal services organization in the Philadelphia, PA area, providing supportive legal services and strategic advice to Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organizations. Prior to that time, Martin was a Teach For America Corps Member, through which he worked as a high school teacher for behavioral disordered students in southern Louisiana. During law school and business school, Martin also worked with The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia, PA and Penn Legal Assistance.

  • Regional Housing Legal Services, Glenside, PA, Staff Attorney
  • The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia, PA, Summer Associate
  • Penn Legal Assistance, Philadelphia, PA, Summer Associate
  • Teach for America, Reserve, LA, Teacher

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, Homes Within Reach Conference, Harrisburg, PA, November 2014.
  • Faculty, HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, American Bar Association Boot Camp, Philadelphia, PA, September 18, 2014.
  • Presenter, HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Webinar, Washington, DC April 23, 2013.
  • Instructor, Beyond the Basics: Mixed-Finance Development for Public Housing Authorities, Seminar, NAHRO, Louisville, Kentucky, July 2011.
  • Panelist, The Development Landscape for PHAs, CLPHA conference, March 2011.
  • Instructor, Mixed-Finance Development for Public Housing Authorities, Seminar, NAHRO, Washington, DC, March 2011.
  • Speaker, Mixed-Finance Development, Midwest NAHRO Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2010.
  • Instructor, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, NAHRO National Conference, Portland, OR, July 2009.
  • Speaker, Tax Credits “101”, Housing Justice Network, Washington, DC, December 2008.
  • Speaker, Public Housing Authority Affiliates and Instrumentalities, Housing Development Law Institute, October 2008.
  • Instructor, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, NAHRO National Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2008.
  • Moderator, Avoiding Sticky Situations: Key Points to Successful Development by PHAs and PHA Instrumentalities, NAHRO National Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2008.
  • Instructor, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, NAHRO, Toledo, Ohio, April 2008.
  • Speaker, Introduction to New Markets Tax Credits, Key Bank, November 2007.
  • Speaker, Smooth Sailing with Mixed Use Projects and New Markets Tax Credits, NAHRO Professional Development Seminar, October 2007.
  • Speaker, New Markets Tax Credits 101, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, September 2007.


Awards, Community Activities And Professional Activities

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014-2015 in the field of Real Estate Law
  • Board Member, Commonwealth Housing Legal Services
  • Faculty Member, National Association Housing and Redevelopment Officials
  • Independence Foundation Public Interest Legal Fellowship
  • Penn State University Big Ten Scholar/Athlete Award, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Member, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
  • Member, District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)
  • Recipient, Independence Foundation Public Interest Legal Fellowship
  • Served on the Policy Committee for the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations and Trust Fund Subcommittee regarding the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund in Philadelphia
  • Co-President, Wharton Community Consultants
  • Commencement Marshall (Philosophy Department), Penn State University
  • Recipient, Big Ten Scholar/Athlete Award, Penn State University
  • Penn State University Phi Beta Kappa
  • Finalist, Penn State University Rhodes/Marshall Scholarships


Wharton School of Business, M.B.A., Real Estate

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.

Pennsylvania State University, B.A. in Philosophy

Bar Admission

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Pennsylvania Bar


State College, PA