Sheila C. Salmon

Washington, DC Office

Sheila C. Salmon is a Member whose practice focuses on representing owners of multifamily housing, management companies, and public housing authorities in all aspects relating to the ownership, management, and operation of both assisted and unassisted housing. Sheila, who is part of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group, specializes in the areas of fair housing, and other related civil rights laws, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act and has extensive experience advising and representing clients on an array of issues relating to such civil rights laws, including defending clients accused of engaging in discriminatory conduct.

Prior to joining Reno & Cavanaugh, Sheila spent more than 30 years at the law firm of Coan & Lyons, a premiere Washington, D.C. firm that specialized in the representation of private owners, management agents, non-profit organizations and public housing agencies around the country in connection with the acquisition, development and management of a variety of real estate, with a special emphasis on affordable housing.

Publications, Certifications, and Seminars

  • Contributor: “The Elderly and the Handicapped – How Congress Addresses the Mixed Populations Issue,” Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Winter 1994.
  • Author: “Court Decides Single-Family Provision in Edmonds,” State and Local Law News, Summer 1995.
  • Contributor: “The Fair Housing Act and Seniors’ Housing,” The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 27 No. 4, Fall 1995.
  • Author: “Summary of Final HUD Rule Implementing the Housing for Older Persons Act,” Seniors’ Housing News, Summer 1999.
  • Author: “Taking Another Look at the Housing for Older Persons Act,” Seniors’ Housing News, Spring 2000.


(202) 349 2464


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S. in Finance 

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Falls Church, VA