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Stephen D. Kahn

Steve has a diversified transactional practice. He represents client interests in the areas of finance and real estate, with special emphasis on municipal finance, project finance, multifamily housing, and commercial real estate.
Stephen Kahn, Counsel, Washington, DC

Although recently retired as a partner, Steve continues to practice as a leader in the firm’s Public Finance group. 

Client Work

Steve has broad experience in all types of general business transactions, with special focus on sophisticated and complex municipal bond and taxable finance transactions. He has extensive experience in financing for multifamily housing, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers, as well as a broad range of other nonprofit organizations. He has also practiced extensively in other areas of tax-exempt and taxable finance as well as in real estate development and finance. Steve has significant experience in representing financial institutions and investment bankers, as well as associations, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, and other nonprofit organizations in finance and real estate matters. He has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, credit enhancement counsel, bank counsel, borrower’s counsel and trustee’s counsel in a wide variety of tax-exempt and taxable financings.

Steve has served as lead counsel for Georgetown University on more than $1 billion of tax-exempt and taxable financings. He has also served as lead counsel for Fannie Mae on several billion dollars of tax-exempt bond financings, including lead counsel on a $335,000,000 refinancing of 25 multifamily properties selected as of the “Deal of the Year” by The Bond Buyer. As lead counsel for Fannie Mae, Steve was instrumental in developing and shaping lending policies, programs, and documentation relating to the financing of affordable housing, in particular, programs for new construction and substantial rehabilitation. In addition, Steve serves as General Counsel to the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Previous Work

Upon graduation from law school in 1965, Steve served in the honors programs of the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of the Treasury. He has been in private practice in the District of Columbia since leaving the Internal Revenue Service in 1969.

Professional Activities

Steve holds membership in the National Association of Bond Lawyers as well as the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Steve has lectured at various symposiums and has been a panelist at many workshops of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Life Beyond the Law

Among his outside activities, Steve has served twice (non-consecutive terms) as Chairman of the Board of the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area (for which the firm also serves as counsel). He continues to serve on the board of directors and twice has chaired the Kidney Ball, a prestigious event that is the Foundation's largest fundraiser. He is active in activities of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he is a member of the Volunteer Advisory Board, and the Library of Congress.