Kari Boyd Gardiner


Tel 202.661.7684
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Kari Gardiner is an associate in the firm's Real Estate Department who focuses her practice on a wide range of complex affordable housing and community development transactions involving low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), tax-exempt bond financing, HOME loan financing, federal and state operating subsidies such as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, project-based rental assistance, public housing funds, and conventional financing. The community development aspect of her practice includes a focus on Choice Neighborhood Implementation (CNI) grants, new markets tax credits (NMTCs), and historic tax credits (HTCs).

As a member of the firm’s affordable housing and community development practice, she assists with the representation of public housing authorities, nonprofits, other affordable housing developers, and community development entities (“CDEs) in connection with their HUD regulatory, tax credit, real estate, and business issues, as applicable.

Kari also coordinates various HUD review and approval processes and advises on other public housing authority-related topics, including issues arising in self-development and in joint ventures with for-profit developers. In addition, she assists with advising clients on tax-exempt issues that can arise with the involvement of nonprofit developers and LIHTC Year 15 issues. Kari brings a broad foundation in general real estate transactions and land use and zoning matters to her affordable housing practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Kari assisted with numerous multi-million dollar transactions involving the sales and acquisitions of commercial properties in Washington, D.C., the acquisition and sales of industrial buildings in Tennessee and Maryland, and the acquisition of hotel and condominium property in San Francisco. Kari also assisted with ongoing complex development transactions between a private developer and the federal government in Washington, DC, the long-term lease of property to a Pennsylvania-based franchise, due diligence work for a Florida company, and multiple land transfers for a large nonprofit with property throughout the United States. Kari’s zoning experience includes conducting zoning due diligence and analysis for residential and commercial projects in the District of Columbia and Virginia, drafting zoning applications, and conducting zoning and land use related due diligence for hospitality companies regarding zoning issues including hotel use and short-term rental use. She also has experience in reviewing federal and state registration requirements for out-of-state land sales of investment properties.

As part of her active pro bono practice, Kari represents 501(c)(3) entities in conjunction with a variety of issues, including corporate governance, contract review, and real estate transactions involving LIHTC and HTC.

In addition to her active law practice, Kari is pursuing a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from Virginia Tech. Her studies focus on affordable housing, open space and park planning. As part of her degree, Kari is also earning certificates in nonprofit governance and natural resource management.

The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2017)
Pro Bono Honors
Presidential Service Award
Student volunteer, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Bard College (B.A., 2003)

District of Columbia