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Hannah L. Kilson concentrates her practice on real estate transactions in the area of affordable housing and community development.  She represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, borrowers and lenders in real estate transactions involving various financing sources.  Hannah is experienced in structuring multi-family, mixed-income and mixed-use developments utilizing commercial financing coupled with federal and state low income housing tax credits, historic tax credits and state public financing through the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Mass Docs financing programs.  She is experienced in all stages of commercial real estate transactions, including land acquisition and disposition matters, leasing, and permitting.  Over the last several years, Hannah and her colleagues at NSP, have represented several housing authorities located in the Greater Boston area in the redevelopment of their federal public housing stock through the creative use of HUD’s rental assistance demonstration program and federal low income housing tax credits. She represented one of the first developers to receive financing under the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency’s Workforce Housing Program.  


Prior to joining Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP, Hannah was the Deputy General Counsel of Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, the Commonwealth’s largest economic development authority, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Agency’s Legal Department and handled legal matters associated with the Agency’s redevelopment and financing efforts, including the redevelopment of the former Leverett Saltonstall State Office Building and the redevelopment of the former Northampton State Hospital site into a mixed use, planned village community. Prior to MassDevelopment, Hannah practiced in the real estate group at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Boston and at Hill & Barlow P.C. in Boston, and clerked for Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts.


  • Harvard University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997)

  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education (M.Ed. 1993)

  • Amherst College (B.A., cum laude, 1988)


  • Massachusetts (1997)

Community Service and Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, Advisory Committee, Member (November 2016 – Present)

  • Boston Bar Association, Executive Committee, Member (September 2018 – present), Council Member (September 1, 2016 – Present)

  • Boston Bar Association, 2018 Annual Meeting, Co-Chair

  • BBO Bar Counsel Search Committee, Member (January 2019 – present)

  • Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Committee, Chair (September 2013 – Present)

  • Abstract Club (November 2016 – Present)

  • Fontbonne Academy, Strategic Planning Committee (September 2017 – May 2018)

  • Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair (September 2014 – August 2016)

  • City of Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Curtis Hall Basketball League, Youth Basketball Coach (November 2014 – April 2016)

  • Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, Former Co-Chair (September 2011 – August 2013)

  • The Advent School, Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the Education Committee and the Diversity Committee (June 2007 - June 2010)

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