Deirdre M. Robinson


  • Overview


    Deirdre M. Robinson represents developers in the Northeast and across the country in all aspects of affordable housing development with an emphasis on syndication of tax credits including low income housing, historic and new markets. She represents for-profit and nonprofit organizations owners and developers in complex, mixed-use and multi-family housing projects, utilizing creative financing structures that combine private and subsidy loan programs and various tax-credit programs. Deirdre serves as Vice Practice Group Leader of firm's Real Estate + Development Group. 

    Affordable Housing Real Estate Development

    Deirdre specializes in complicated transactions that frequently involve historic preservation. She works with her clients to develop creative solutions to complicated structuring and financing problems faced by owners and developers that involve a wide array of private, state and federal funding sources, tax-exempt bond financing and equity investment from the syndication of federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits, federal and state Historic Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, Solar Energy Tax Credits and Brownfields Credits. Deirdre is committed to working with her clients to address the need for safe, quality affordable housing and community development.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Two-phase redevelopment of Clippership Wharf in East Boston, MA. Phase 1 involved the acquisition of parcel from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and new construction of a mixed-income condominium project using workforce housing proceeds from Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. Phase 2 involved a ground lease of property from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and new construction of a mixed use affordable housing project involving federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits and loan proceeds from Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, as well as subordinate debt from multiple local and state sources. *

      • Acquisition and financing of historic school building in Southbridge, MA utilizing financing from numerous state and local sources including DHCD HOME funds, Affordable Housing Trust Funds, Facilities Consolidation Funds and Housing Stabilization Funds as well as state and federal Low Income and Historic Tax Credits.*

      • Multi-phase redevelopment of one million square foot historic department store in Rochester, NY into mixed- use condominium involving retail, restaurant, innovation labs, market rate housing, workforce housing and affordable housing. Redevelopment involved a seven (7) phase historic project. Two phases included the use of new market tax credits combined with an historic lease pass-through; two phases involved the development of affordable housing utilizing Low Income Housing and Historic Tax Credits; and one phase involved the use of tax exempt bond financing, work force housing proceeds and Historic Tax Credits. Two additional phases involved the use of opportunity zone fund investments.*

      • $48MM HUD financing of an occupied multi-family housing project in Jackson, MS that included a joint venture with the local housing authority ground lease from the housing authority, RAD conversion and syndication of Low Income Housing Tax Credits.*

      • Acquisition and financing of historic mill building using condominium structure to bifurcate a single project into a 4% project and 9% project, using construction financing from Rhode Island Housing Finance Agency and Citizens Bank. Because of issues related to the transferability of the state Historic Tax Credits, a new ownership structure was created that allowed the tax credit investor to be admitted as a sole member of each of the condominium owners, which allowed each owner to be treated as a disregarded entity for the purposes of the tax credits.*

      • *Attorney Robinson was counsel in these representative transactions prior to joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Massachusetts Bar Association

      Boston Bar Association

      CREW Network

      National Housing & Rehabilitation Association

      Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2015 Top Women of Law Honoree

      The Legal 500 US (2019), Real Estate

      Selected by the New England Real Estate Journal to be featured in the publication’s 2021 “Women in Commercial Real Estate” spotlight

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Preservation Massachusetts
      Board of Directors (2021 - present)
    • News

      R+C in the News

      • July 12, 2023

        Robinson+Cole Represents WinnDevelopment in $85 Million Dollar Affordable Housing Project

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      • September 27, 2021

        Candace Cunningham and Deirdre Robinson Featured in New England Real Estate Journal’s 2021 Women in Real Estate Spotlight

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      • July 19, 2021

        Deirdre Robinson Elected to Preservation Massachusetts Board of Directors

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      • March 12, 2021

        New Real Estate Partner, Deirdre Robinson, Featured in Law360Pulse

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      R+C News Releases

      • March 8, 2021

        Robinson+Cole Continues Growth in Boston with Addition of Real Estate Partner Deirdre M. Robinson

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