Emily J. Blumberg



Harvard Law School, JD, 2010

Harvard College, BA, 2004

Emily Blumberg represents clients in connection with a wide range of affordable housing, civil rights, regulatory and community development matters. She advises nonprofit, for-profit and public sector entities in affordable housing transactions involving an array of financing tools, including mixed-finance public housing development, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, FHA-insured loans and HUD assistance programs. Emily has significant experience helping clients comply with civil rights and fair housing laws, admissions and occupancy standards, and other regulatory requirements. In addition, Emily counsels clients on tenant purchase and cooperative conversion, as well as nonprofit governance and tax exemption.

Prior to joining Klein Hornig, Emily was a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow at BPI (Business and Professional People for the Public Interest) in Chicago, where she used legal, policy, and legislative advocacy to revitalize public housing and preserve affordable housing. Emily also served as a law clerk for Justice Denise R. Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Emily earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, a research and teaching assistant for Professor Lani Guinier, and a mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program. Her internships during law school included housing advocacy with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (Boston), Advancement Project (DC), and Centro Legal de la Raza (Oakland). Prior to law school, Emily worked with education and community development nonprofits in the Boston area and in Mexico.


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • 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 nonprofit developer in transaction involving Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bond financing, as well as multiple other state and Federal loan sources, to redevelop an historic building into five rental units and a senior center and construct 48 additional new units of senior housing
  • Represented a public housing authority in the mixed-finance redevelopment of public housing using public housing sources, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and local sources
  • Represented a District of Columbia cooperative in a refinancing to unwind a cooperative-to-condominium conversion and implement affordability restrictions
  • Represented a tenant association in exercising its right to purchase under District of Columbia law and convert to a limited equity cooperative
  • Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Associate Editor(2017-present)
  • American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Member (2012-present)
  • First 10: Chicago Young Public Interest Lawyers Network, Member (2011-2013)
  • Recipient, Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowship (2008, 2009)
  • Recipient, Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellowship (2009)
  • Recipient, Public Interest Summer Theory Institute Fellowship (2008)
  • Recipient, Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship (2004)
  • Panel Moderator, “The State of Fair Housing: One Year into the New Administration,” American Bar Association – May 2018
  • Presenter, “‘Twinning’ a 9% Credit Project with a Tax-Exempt Bond - 4% Project,” Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) – November 2017
  • Panel Moderator, “The Impact of Increased Immigration Enforcement on Affordable Housing,” American Bar Association – November 2017
  • Presenter, “Introductory Training on Section 8 Programs – PBRA, PBV, TPV and HCV,” Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) – April 2017
  • Panelist, “Fair Housing Developments in Treasury Department Programs and LIHTC: How Agencies’ Policy Moves May impact Your Practice,” American Bar Association – March 2017