Tamara L. Osborne, an attorney with more than 20 years' experience in affordable housing and community development law, has joined Ballard Spahr in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Ms. Osborne, of counsel in the firm's real estate practice, is known for her work representing syndicators, investors, and developers in all phases of affordable multifamily property acquisition, ownership, and financing, with emphasis on tax credit-driven transactions. She negotiates all financing documents and reviews and oversees borrower due diligence and closing documents for institutional and tax-exempt bond financing, as well as for funding from government sources such as HUD/FHA and the USDA's Rural Development program.

In addition to years of experience at law firms in the Los Angeles area, Ms. Osborne has served in legal and business capacities at three large, national low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) syndication companies, including as senior vice president in the Los Angeles office of Boston Financial Investment Management, one of the nation's top affordable housing finance and management companies. Her experience includes the spectrum of tax credit transactions, including those involving LIHTCs, historic, solar, and state tax credits.

"Adding Tamara in L.A. extends our reach in a crucial market and is in line with our commitment to providing multifaceted and nimble real estate representation in the West," said Bart I. Mellits, Chair of the firm's Real Estate Department. "Her experience with syndicators and investors in community development projects adds to our well-known national strength in housing and finance. We're thrilled to have Tamara aboard."

Ballard Spahr's Housing Group represents major developers of affordable and other multifamily housing. The Group is part of the firm's real estate practice, one of the country's largest and most active, with more than 130 attorneys in offices nationwide. Ballard Spahr real estate attorneys provide strategic representation through every phase of projects, encompassing development, financing, and other complex matters involving all property types, from multifamily projects, hotels, and resorts to corporate headquarters, university facilities, and industrial/warehouse properties.

Ms. Osborne comes to Ballard Spahr from VLP Law Group, where she was a partner. Earlier in her career, she was a founding partner of Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt, a real estate-focused boutique law firm.

"Ballard Spahr is known for having one of the most collaborative and diversified real estate practices in the business, and I'm excited to become part of such a well-regarded group," Ms. Osborne said. "I'm looking forward to joining my new colleagues in helping our clients achieve their goals in an industry poised for significant growth."