David Walker

Washington, DC Office

As a Member at R&C, David J. Walker focuses on commercial real estate transactions with an emphasis on multifamily affordable housing. David represents lenders and developers in the acquisition, refinancing and sale of multifamily properties as well as landlords and tenants in leasing matters. With over thirty-five years of experience practicing law in the District of Columbia and Maryland, David has successfully guided buyers and sellers through transactions leveraging FHA/HUD-Insured mortgages and utilizing a variety of local tax-exemption programs, as well as the Right of First Refusal processes in both Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, Maryland. He has advised and aided buyers, sellers and tenant associations to successfully navigate D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) process. David also assisted several housing authorities with ground leases of their property in connection with RAD and other dispositions and redevelopments of public housing developments.

Selected Transactions

  • Represented a non-profit lender in several loan closings using the District of Columbia Housing Preservation Fund, including an $11,456.000 loan to a developer partnering with the tenants association to purchase their apartment building through TOPA
  • Assisted a landlord with lease terminations, amendments and negotiations with tenants due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Assisted several developers in partnering with tenant associations to acquire their buildings through TOPA
  • Obtained multiple real property, transfer and recordation tax exemptions for several clients under the District of Columbia Nonprofit Affordable Housing Developer Tax Relief Act
  • Acquired HUD approval of a modified transfer of physical assets for a mixed-use project with 205 residential units in the District of Columbia and advised on transaction structuring so the transaction would not be a sale subject to the D.C. Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act

Major Prior Work Experience

  • Counsel, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Associate, Greenstein, DeLorme & Luchs PC
  • Associate, Hessel and Aluise, P.C. (now Hessel, Aluise and O’Leary, P.C.)
  • Associate, Swidler & Berlin, LLP
  • Associate, Brownstein Zeidman and Lore

Awards, Community And Professional Activities

  • Member, ABA Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • Member, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Board Member and Secretary, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy, 2016 – 2023
  • Board Member and Secretary, Love Regardless, Inc., 2023 – present
  • Member, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Washington-Rockville Lodge #15
  • Community Improvement Day Participant (frequent), District of Columbia Building Industry Association
  • Member, D.C. Bar Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Law Community, Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Community and Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community
  • Former Steering Committee Member and Co-Chair, D.C. Bar Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Law Community (formerly, D.C. Bar “Section”) 


(202) 349 2689


Washington College of Law at American University, J.D. 

  • Certificate of Recognition for Highest Grade in Real Property

Susquehanna University, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar Admission

District of Columbia Bar

Maryland Bar


Olean, New York