Daniel S. Ehrenberg



Yale Law School, JD, 1993

Yale School of Organization and Management, MBA, 1993

Earlham College, BA, 1981, Phi Beta Kappa

Dan Ehrenberg's diverse practice involves the representation of public, private and nonprofit clients in a variety of housing, economic development and real estate transactions, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, FHA-insured loans, various HUD projects, affordable housing development, finance and preservation, community land trusts, land banks, nonprofit mergers and combinations, tenant purchases, cooperative conversions and community economic development.  Dan also represents community development financial institutions whose activities involve lending to corporations and organizations that engage in housing and community economic development activities, own and operate commercial facilities, including lending to other nonprofit developers.  Dan has advised clients on tax exemption, nonprofit and for-profit governance issues and corporate structuring, chairs two CDFI nonprofit organizations and has taught courses and seminars on nonprofit management and governance, employment law and the legal aspects of lending.

Prior to joining Klein Hornig, Dan was Real Estate Counsel for Volunteers of America, Inc. (VOA) in Alexandria, VA, one of the largest affordable housing providers in the nation.  Prior to VOA, Dan was Deputy General Counsel for Neighborworks® America, a Congressionally-created and funded organization supporting community development and housing nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.  Dan was assistant general counsel at CapitalOne working in their Telecommunications and Corporate Departments.  He has also practiced corporate law at Wilmer Hale and at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson.  After completing law school, Dan clerked for Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters of the Connecticut Supreme Court.  Prior to law school, Dan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania doing freshwater fish culture and worked for various community development nonprofit organizations in Bridgeport, CT.


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Represented a national nonprofit developer in the acquisition and development of a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit elderly project in New Orleans involving the transfer of an existing Section 8 contract under the HUD Section 318 program (now Section 212) – the first transfer under this program in the nation – from a project that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the prepayment of the current Section 202 loan and permanent private financing
  • Represented a national nonprofit developer in a HUD post Mark-to-Market acquisition, rehabilitation and refinancing of an 80-unit senior apartment complex in Ohio, using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, exchange funds and HOME funds as well as assuming the existing FHA financing
  • Represented a national nonprofit developer in a Section 202 Direct loan prepayment acquisition-rehabilitation transaction of an 84-unit senior apartment project with Section 8 in Prince Georges County, Maryland, involving short term tax-exempt bonds that were cash collateralized with a Section 22(d)(4) FHA-insured loan, tax credit equity, seller take-back financing, state subordinate debt and local CDBG loan funds, resulting in a substantial modernization of the apartment complex
  • Represented a national nonprofit developer in one of the first HUD LIHTC Pilot transactions in Colorado utilizing short-term Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to collateralize the FHA-insured mortgage
  • Represented a nonprofit/for-profit joint venture in a transit-oriented, mixed-use, new construction development of 149 elderly units and first floor retail 11 story apartment building in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, utilizing Maryland short-term tax-exempt bonds cash collateralized by a Section 221(d)(4) FHA-insured loan, State of Maryland Rental Housing Works and Montgomery County subordinate financing, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and a tax PILOT from Montgomery County
  • Represented a national nonprofit developer in the acquisition and preservation of a Section 515 Rural Housing Services rental project in Anchorage, AK, utilizing tax-exempt bonds, 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the assumption and increase to the existing RHS loan, and HOME funds
  • Represented national community development financial institutions and nonprofit lenders in commercial loan transactions – including various types of acquisition, construction and/or permanent, bridge and line of credit financing – for affordable housing projects (rental and homeownership), charter schools, community health centers, commercial facilities, senior housing, cooperatives and other community development projects throughout the country
  • Drafted and worked with association of state-wide community development organizations to amend the state's land bank enabling legislation
  • Represented a local Habitat for Humanity in the development and operation of the first Maryland Affordable Housing Land Trust in the State of Maryland
  • Represented a large Baltimore nonprofit organization in various tax credit transactions involving year-15 transactions, reorganizations and general partner acquisitions in tax credit projects
  • Represented a DC-based nonprofit developer in the acquisition, subdivision and refinancing of a Section 236 rental project into 410 rental units, utilizing financing with tax-exempt bonds, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the "decoupling" of the Interest Reduction Payment from the HUD Section 236 loan, FHLB Affordable Housing Program funds and a local government loan program
  • Represented a Midwestern public housing authority in its HOPE VI revitalization project, involving four rental phases and one homeownership phase that produced 312 low-income housing tax credit and/or public housing units
  • Represented a local tenants association in the conversion and renovation of a rental property to a limited-equity cooperative, utilizing DC housing production trust funds and a permanent renovation loan from a private commercial lender
  • Represented a DC community-based membership organization in all organizational legal matters and in various aspects of its campaigns to preserve racial and economic equity in the Shaw neighborhood and other DC areas
  • "If the Loan Doesn't Fit, Don't Take It: Applying the Suitability Doctrine to the Mortgage Industry to Eliminate Predatory Lending," ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & and Community Development Law, Vol. 10, 2001
  • "From Intention to Action: An ILO-GATT/WTO Enforcement Regime for International Labor Rights," Human Rights, Labor Rights and International Trade (L. Compa & S. Diamond eds. 1996), University of Pennsylvania Press
  • "The Labor Link: Applying the International Trading System to Enforce Violations of Forced Labor and Child Labor," Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 20, 1995
  • "Rejecting Collective Bargaining Agreements Under Section 1113 of Chapter 11 of the 1984 Bankruptcy Code: Resolving the Tension between Labor Law and Bankruptcy Law," Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 2, 1994
  • National Housing Trust Community Development Loan Fund, Chairperson
  • Institute of Community Economics, Chairperson
  • Yachad, Inc. (Jewish Community Housing Development Corporation of Greater Washington), Immediate Past President
  • Community Development Network of Maryland,Director
  • Friends of Tanzania, Treasurer (2008-2010)
  • Manna, Inc., Leadership Committee (1999-2008)
  • Montgomery County Human Rights Commission, Maryland, Commissioner (2002-2004)
  • Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington, DC, Tutor (2000-2003)
  • Temple Emanuel Social Justice Task Force, Kensington, MD, Chair (2001-2003)
  • Community Development Advisory Committee, Montgomery County, MD, Member (1999-2002)
  • Panelist, “Tools for Blighted Properties,” Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference – October 2018
  • Presenter, “Bonds 101,” Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition – May 2018.
  • Panelist, “Tax Reform and its Impact on Housing,” Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County – May 2018
  • Presenter, “Innovative Tools for Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing: Legal Issues and Considerations,” Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) – January 2018
  • Speaker, “CLTs and Lending,” Metropolitan Washington Bankers Group – January 2018
  • Panelist, "New Tools for Eliminating Blighted, Vacant Properties and Tax Sale Reform," 2017 Rural Summit, Rural Maryland Council - December 2017
  • Presenter, “Land Banks 101 - Everything you wanted to know about land banks and Maryland's new Land Bank Law,” Maryland Community Development Week – September 2017
  • Panelist, “Developing and Operating a Community Land Trust in Maryland,” Maryland Community Development Week – September 2017
  • Panelist, “New Tools to Eliminate Blighted, Vacant and Abandoned Property,” Maryland Housing Conference – September 2017
  • Panelist, “No Vacancy: Revitalizing Vacant and Blighted Properties,” Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference – August 2017
  • Presenter, “Advanced Training on Section 202 Preservation/Refinancing,” Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) – April 2017
  • Presenter and Panelist, "Partnership Option: Merging with and/or Finding Affiliate Partners," Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Nonprofit Consortium, Crownsville, MD – November 2012
  • Speaker, "Transferring Your Section 8 Contract to New Senior Housing, Mixed-Finance Senior Housing and Refinancing 202s," American Society on Aging, 2011 Aging in America Conference, San Francisco, CA – April 2011
  • Panelist, "Land Trusts: Case Studies in Real Time," Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Maryland ABCD Network, Baltimore, MD – June 2011
  • Speaker, "Transferring Your Section 8 Contract to New Senior Housing," American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, 2009 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL – November 2009
  • Presenter, "Tenant Right to Purchase and Cooperative Conversion: Legal Process," Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development, Washington, DC ‐ October 2007