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Tala S. Gardner

Of Counsel
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Tala Gardner is an of counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on real estate transactions and specializes in structuring complex transactions, sales/acquisitions, leasing, and creative forms of financing including New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”), Tax Increment Financings, Public/Private Partnerships, and public finance including taxable and tax exempt bonds. She has extensive experience representing sellers, borrowers, financial institutions, purchasers, and other clients in their commercial real estate, commercial, and community development related borrowing activities, including acquisition and construction loans.

She has represented clients in connection with a variety of projects including mixed use, retail, office, residential, manufacturing, warehouse, healthcare, hotels, sports arenas, and headquarters projects. She also assists universities, colleges, private schools, and charter schools in their financing and real estate projects.


Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Gardner was a real estate associate at another Washington, D.C. law firm.

  • Represented client with regard to financing its sports arena, parking garage, and retail office space in a very large mixed use project on the East Coast and successfully revised the local legislation to accommodate the structure of this transaction, including new market tax credits. The deal recently closed facilitated by tax exempt bonds in the amount of approximately $150,000,000.
  • Represented the first company to use tax exempt bonds to finance the air rights in a mixed use building and drafted the Purchase Agreement. This was one of the largest mixed use projects in D.C. to be developed in 2012.