Real estate attorney Stephanie Smith helps developers and other businesses create communities from start to finish, including corporate structuring, property acquisition, contracts, financing, and closing on multifamily and mixed-use projects throughout the Washington, DC area. She does this while juggling the minute details, business goals, and personalities involved in each transaction, leading one client to say that Stephanie is “an attorney who knows how to keep a deal alive.”
Stephanie represents buyers and sellers in all stages of development transactions, including conducting due diligence, drafting and negotiating joint venture and partnership agreements and sales contracts, reviewing appraisals and surveys, addressing environmental concerns (both Phase I and Phase II), reviewing contractors’ bond performance agreements, assembling financial structures to include equity and debt, and reviewing and negotiating equity investor and/or lending documentation.
She is experienced in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, as well as both state and local tax credit financing. Stephanie also manages all aspects of closing and post-closing, such as UCC searches, resolution documents, drawdown schedules, and escrow letters. Her clients include large-scale developers, financial institutions,
Stephanie has seen all sides of a variety of real estate deals, both in private practice and as in-house general counsel. In addition, she served as an attorney advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (where she also served as chief of staff and senior policy advisor for political appointees in the Obama administration) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At the USDA, she represented the Multi-Family Housing division, and at HUD she gave policy advice on key regulations and legislation impacting multi-family housing development.
A lifelong Girl Scout, Stephanie believes in empowering girls with the 3 Cs of Girl Scouts—courage, confidence, and character. She has served as a troop leader since 2010. In addition, music is an important part of her life. Stephanie started playing classical piano at age
Law clerk to the Honorable Francis J. Orlando, Jr., Superior Court, New Jersey
Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ Chapter for Girl Scout Nation’s Capital (Troop leader and volunteer, 2010-present)