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Olivia S. Byrne

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Olivia S. Byrne is a partner in the Washington D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Investment, Development, and Finance group.

Olivia spearheads the firm's U.S. Economic Incentives practice along with the Real Estate and Public Finance practices in the Washington, D.C. office. Olivia has successfully obtained economic incentives for clients on a national basis including the District of Columbia and has extensive experience drafting legislation for economic incentives.  She represents clients in real estate projects relating to headquarters buildings, mixed use, retail, office, residential, manufacturing, warehouse, healthcare, hotels, restaurants, and sports arenas.  Her real estate practice involves site location for many different industries, namely technology, broadcasting, manufacturing, as well as industrial, sports, and entertainment facilities and hotels.  She and her team represent inbound companies from abroad as well as U.S. companies relocating or deciding to remain in place and expand.  Her proven track record demonstrates proposals to certain corporations such as manufacturing in excess of US$100 million dollars in economic incentives.  She served as lobbyist for The Advisory Board Company that won the “Game Changer Award” at the Washington Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deal of the Year Awards in 2016.

She focuses her practice on public policy, legislative counseling, real estate transactions, tax exempt bonds, New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”), Tax Increment Financings (“TIFs”), public/private partnerships, (including those with colleges and universities), and public finance including multifamily housing projects with low income housing tax credits and tax exempt bonds. She has completed financing transactions with NMTC allocatees for many mixed-use multifamily housing and office projects.  She has also worked on numerous multifamily housing projects on a national, state, and local basis.  She has also worked on infrastructure projects and other projects financed with TIFs.

She also has extensive experience with real estate acquisitions and sales and the related real estate documentation and due diligence.  She served as co-chair of its Washington D.C. Economic Partnership, with Washington, D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

She has long-standing experience working with the District's Revenue Bond Program, Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.  She has a strong commitment to the District and its youth, which is demonstrated by the projects she has completed. She is actively involved in the District's revitalization.  She is on the Board of Directors for the D.C. Appleseed Foundation and she also co-chairs the D.C. Appleseed Special Education Project to assist children with special needs in the District’s public and private schools. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, she was selected by Super Lawyers as a top Washington, D.C. Lawyer in Government Finance. She was also named by the Washington Business Journal as a "2009 Top Washington Lawyer" Finalist in the Real Estate Transactions category.  Her financing structure for the National Association of Realtors' US$40 million real estate transaction was also selected as the "Best Financing Deal of the Year" by the Washington Business Journal.

Olivia represents many for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and assists them in acquiring real estate with tax-exempt and taxable bonds, construction loans, bridge loans, SWAPS, and NMTC.  She also assists on many mixed-use projects and frequently helps structure complex financing transactions for organizations.  In this capacity, she has more than 20 years of experience representing for profit and nonprofit organizations, including universities and colleges, museums, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and institutions for higher learning.  She recently completed the financing for the D.C. headquarters of the largest trade association in the world. She also assists universities and colleges in their financing and real estate projects.

Olivia also represents developers and corporations with real estate acquisitions, renovation projects, and public/private partnerships, as well as mixed-use retail/residential, entertainment projects, and office condominiums.  She is one of the few lawyers who has successfully represented developers obtaining Enterprise Zone Bonds in the District of Columbia and TIFs in Maryland.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Byrne was a real estate partner for another Washington, D.C. law firm.


  • Named by Bisnow as Top Women in D.C. CRE, 2017
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers - Government Finance (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017)
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World
  • Named by the Washington Business Journal as a "2009 Top Washington Lawyer" Finalist in the Real Estate Transactions category

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Consultant Member of Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • Prior Co-Chairman and current member of the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership
  • Member of the Board of the DC Appleseed Foundation
  • Advisory board member of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association
  • Member of Association of Public Finance Professionals
  • Previous Vice President, D.C. Nonprofit Task Force
  • Previous Chairman of the National Tax-Exempt Bond Conference at Georgetown Law Center
  • Served on the Advisory Board for Planned Giving to the American Heart Association
  • Graduate of Leadership Montgomery
  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Municipal Finance Journal
  • Past President and a Board Member of Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Served as Co-Chairperson of Professional Development for Strathmore Hall
  • Past President of the D.C. Bowdoin Alumni Association and a former member of the Alumni Council for Bowdoin College
  • Appointed to the National Task Force on Intermediate Sanctions — Helped to write the guidelines in this important area of tax law
  • Advisory Council to Cultural Alliance in the District of Columbia
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Served on Board of Directors of Bethesda Academy for the Performing Arts
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL)
  • ABA Committee on Tax Exempt Bonds

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Opportunity Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones”, Innovative Business Solutions Program, Washington, D.C., February 28, 2018
  • Speaker, “Tax Exempt Bonds and Real Estate Finance Options for Nonprofits,” Greater Washington Society of CPAs: Nonprofit Section Meeting, Washington, D.C., February 27, 2018