Adam G. Norlander



American University, Washington College of Law, JD, 2008

University of Vermont , BA, 2004

Adam Norlander represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, public housing authorities, and housing cooperatives involved in the transfer, rehabilitation, development, financing, and management of affordable housing and community development projects with a with a focus on transactions utilizing various HUD programs. Adam combines broad experience in affordable housing real estate and finance with a focus on HUD regulatory matters and programs such as mixed-finance public housing, Section 8 (including bifurcations and transfers budget authority, tenant protection vouchers, mark-up-to-market and budget-based renewals, post-mark-to-market preservation transactions, among others), RAD program conversions of public housing and project rental assistance contracts to Section 8, Section 202 prepayments and capital advances, FHA financing, CDBG and HOME. Adam is also an experienced resource for clients on HUD cross-cutting requirements, including fair housing and civil rights, Section 3, Davis-Bacon, and environmental review.

Prior to joining Klein Hornig, Adam worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) advising top agency leadership on programmatic, legal, and policy issues related to HUD’s community development, disaster recovery, affordable housing, and homeless programs. Adam first joined HUD in 2008 as a Presidential Management Fellow, during which time he assisted with the launch of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Tax Credit Assistance Program, litigated for the civil division of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and worked for HUD’s Office of General Counsel and Philadelphia field office. Since then, Adam worked as program lead for the Office of Community Planning and Development on issues of fair housing and civil rights with respect to various regulatory and other policy reform matters (including final rules regarding affirmatively furthering fair housing, discriminatory effects, and harassment under the Fair Housing Act, proposed rule on Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and HUD’s Olmstead guidance), as well as overseeing various matters related to litigation, administrative enforcement, settlements and other compliance and oversight issues. In addition, Adam provided general program support helping draft the requirements for disaster recovery programs and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) rule, negotiating and drafting technical assistance agreements with local governments, representing HUD on the White House Task Force on Puerto Rico, and conducting outreach efforts informing a proposal for improvements to HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Represented developer as HUD counsel in LIHTC redevelopment of project involving RAD transfer of assistance, partial transfer of project-based rental assistance under 8bb of the National Housing Act, HAP assignment to a new owner, waiver (and prospective debt forgiveness) of Mark-to-Market loans, and related mixed-finance amendment approval.
  • Represented non-profit developers in separate transactions involving FHA-insured and Federal Home Loan Bank funds and another with LIHTC financed, Freddie tax-exempt loan bond financing.
  • Represented public housing authority in mixed-finance public housing redevelopment.
  • Counseled buyers and sellers in multifamily property sales with regards to transfers of HAP contracts, use and regulatory agreement, including representation of a non-profit in the sale of low-income senior property including assignment of HAP Contract and assignment and partial release of a 202 Use Agreement.
  • Assisted nonprofit resident cooperatives in the District of Columbia related to project-based voucher rents, local regulatory oversight issues, and property refinancing.
  • Counseled clients related to CDBG and HOME, subsidy layering reviews, Davis-Bacon, environmental reviews, and other HUD program requirements, and represented clients before regulatory agencies.
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • ABA Forum for Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Presenter, “Section 8 Basics,” American Bar Association Affordable Housing Boot Camp – October 2023
  • Presenter, “Preservation Using Bifurcation,” National Leased Housing Association Mid-Year Membership Meeting – January 2022
  • Panelist, “Section 8 Renewal Refresher,” National Leased Housing Association Fall Seminar – October, 2022
  • Panelist, “Advanced Session: RAD Updates, RAD-for-PRAC, and HUD Preservation Tools."
  • Presenter, “Opening General Session: Briefing from Department of Housing and Urban Development,” National Association of County Community and Economic Development Annual Conference and Training - September 2017
  • Presenter, “Plenary Session: Development of the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Tool” National Community Development Association Annual Conference - June 2017
  • Presenter, “Fair Housing for HOME and Housing Trust Fund Grantees,” NCSHA Housing Finance Institute - January 2017
  • Presenter, “Featured Session: Department of Housing and Urban Development Federal Policy Roundtable,” National Association of County Community and Economic Development Annual Conference and Training - September 2016
  • Presenter, “How New Fair Housing Rules Impact Local Affordable Housing Activity,” NALHFA Annual Educational Conference - April 2016
  • Presenter, “Next Steps in Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” American Planning Association Policy and Advocacy Conference - April 2016
  • Presenter, “Welcome and Washington Update,” Council of State Community Development Agencies Program Managers Conference - March 2016
  • Presenter, “Development in the Changing Fair Housing Environment,” NCSHA Housing Finance Institute - January 2016
  • Presenter, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing –Why it matters to your work,” National Civil Rights Conference - November 2015