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Cynthia Langelier Paine

Special Counsel
Washington, DC Office

Cynthia Langelier Paine concentrates her practice in commercial real estate as well as affordable housing, economic development and subsidized transactions. She has experience in all aspects of real estate, including acquisition, sales, financing, debt restructuring, commercial finance and public/private partnerships.

Cynthia advises a variety of clients, including nonprofit and for-profit developers, lenders, syndicators, housing authorities and governmental entities concerning the preservation and development of affordable rental housing. She represents community development corporations in connection with revitalization plans and commercial developments . She also has extensive experience advising clients regarding organizational and financing structures for complex transactions as well as identifying business issues, and formulating creative and practical solutions. Cynthia is especially skilled at providing guidance on a variety of federal housing and healthcare programs, mixed-finance developments, urban in-fill mixed-use projects, RAD, commercial developments in underserved communities, low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), new market tax credits (NMTC), historic tax credits (HTC), green development and tax incentives, bond financing, for-profit/nonprofit joint ventures, and federal, state and local financing resources.     

Shown below is a selection of Cynthia ’s engagements.

  • Representation of owner/landlord in the disposition of a multi-property portfolio in connection with the development of a prominent mixed-use development in Washington, DC.
  • Representation of a developer in the financing and development of transit-oriented development.
  • Representation of a developer in the acquisition, financing, structuring and development of a build-to-suit, mixed-use office development utilizing NMTCs in Pittsburgh.
  • Representation of a developer in the acquisition, development and creation of various condominium regimes in Washington, DC, including mixed-use and mixed-income condominium developments.
  • Counsel to numerous clients with respect to the sale or acquisition of HUD-insured and assisted properties.
  • Counsel to clients regarding economic development transactions including commercial developments, office, retail and mixed-use developments in low- and moderate-income communities.
  • Counsel to clients with regard to real estate transactions in Washington, DC (office, retail, "for-sale" and multifamily housing), including transactions benefiting from programs offered by the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development, Housing Authority and Housing Finance Agency.
  • Representation of clients regarding transfer of properties financed under USDA's Section 515 program.
  • Provision of regulatory guidance to clients with respect to transactions involving HUD programs, including HOPE VI and mixed-finance transactions, and guidance to owners, developers, lenders and entities of local government.
May 2016
Moderator/Panelist | What Happens When the Revolution Comes to You? | American Bar Association Trust and Estates and Real Property Spring Symposium
February 2016
Panelist | Introduction to GSE’s, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac | American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing Economic Development
January 2016
Moderator | Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Update | National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
May 2015
Panelist | What the Lawyer Needs to Know About FHA/LIHTC Transactions | American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development, "HUD Day"
May 2014
Moderator | Perspectives and Challenges in High Density Mixed Use Developments | ABA Real Property Spring Symposium
May 2011
Panelist | Going Green: Financial Tools for Development | American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development
December 2013
Speaker | Introduction to RAD | VAHCDO Legal Seminar
Cynthia  Langelier Paine


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • BS, Northeastern University

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • American Bar Association, Real Property Trust and Estates Section, Affordable Housing Committee, Chair
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Virginia Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • MBA/HUD FHA Underwriter Certification Course, Instructor
  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association, Member, East of the River Committee
  • William B. Bryant American Inn of Court
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