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T/F:   617 419 3173

Brian Patten focuses his practice on real estate transactions, specifically in the area of affordable housing and community development.  He represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, equity investors, syndicators, community development entities, and public and private lenders in transactions involving an array of financing sources.  He assists clients and provides advice pertaining to the use and implementation of all aspects of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit programs both at the federal and state level.  Brian also represents senior lenders in affordable housing projects and serves as MassDocs counsel for the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development in connection with their various loan programs.  Brian is also experienced in general commercial real estate financing, including loan document drafting and negotiation, as well as purchase and sale transactions, zoning and permitting matters, and conveyancing and title matters.


Along with Stephen Nolan and Miriam Sheehan, Brian is a founding member of Nolan Sheehan Patten. His prior experience includes practicing in the real estate group at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Boston, where he focused on affordable housing and community development, general real estate development, leasing, conveyancing, financing, and permitting; and working as a real estate Associate at Hill & Barlow, P.C. in Boston.


  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D. 2000)

  • University of Kentucky (B.A. summa cum laude 1997)


  • Massachusetts (2001)

Community Service and Professional Activities

  • Member of National Housing and Rehabilitation Association Next Generation Leadership Initiative

  • Active member of Real Estate Bar Association Affordable Housing Committee, and Affordable Housing Committee of the Boston Bar Association

  • Ongoing pro bono representation of homeless individuals through the Lawyers Clearinghouse for Affordable Housing and Homelessness

  • Pro bono representation of Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Inc., an organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to children with special needs 

  • Pro bono participation with The Advocates for Human Rights for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Diaspora Project

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