Areas of Practice
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1984
  • Hofstra University, B.A., 1976
Bar Admissions
  • New York, 1984
  • Not licensed to practice in Louisiana
Court Admissions
  • E.D.N.Y., 1984
  • S.D.N.Y., 1984
Brian Lawlor
Special Counsel
45 Broadway, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10006
646.735.6941 tel
646.735.6954 fax

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Brian E. Lawlor is Special Counsel in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. His practice focuses on affordable housing and housing finance to which he offers deep industry knowledge and firsthand government experience.

Mr. Lawlor has more than 25 years of successful senior level experience in planning, designing and implementing revitalization and development programs for urban, rural and suburban communities that have created new housing and businesses and have preserved existing housing and businesses. As a chief executive, Mr. Lawlor has led and transformed the operations of large and small organizations in diverse parts of the United States.

Mr. Lawlor has hands on experience with every major housing and community development program, including Low Income Housing Tax Credit; CDBG; Disaster Recovery CDBG; CDBG 108 loans; HOME; NSP; Weatherization; HOPWA; ESG; Consolidated Plans; Historic and Environmental Reviews; Section 8; Public Housing Redevelopment; and Mortgage Revenue Bonds.

Most recently, Mr. Lawlor served as the City of New Orleans' Director of Housing Policy and Community Development as a member of the Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu's administration. Over a three-year period, he developed housing and community development policies that guided the strategic investment of resources to accomplish the rebuilding and revitalization of neighborhoods throughout the City of New Orleans.

Previously, Mr. Lawlor was the Commissioner/CEO of all New York State's housing agencies, collectively known as New York State Homes and Community Renewal. He successfully designed and led the initiative to consolidate all housing finance, development and regulatory agencies and policies under a single management structure in order to align resources and streamline the delivery of housing services and financing throughout the State.

Mr. Lawlor earned a juris doctor degree from New York Law School and a bachelor of arts from Hofstra University. He is admitted to practice by the New York State Bar, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Lawlor frequently guest lectures at Tulane University, Howard University, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cornell University, State University of New York at Albany and Albany Law School. He is also speaks regularly at housing industry conferences in Louisiana, New York, and around the country.


  • Honored as the 2005 Advocate of the Year by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing





  • American Bar Association (Past New York State Chair, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development) 
  • New York State Bar Association (Founder and First Co-chair, Low Income and Affordable Housing Committee; Member, Executive Committee of the Real Property Section) 
  • New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy (Member, Advisory Board of the Institute of Affordable Housing, 2010–2011)
  • Tipitina's Foundation (Member, Advisory Council)