Lewis Diaz

Biography

Lewis concentrates his practice on affordable housing and traditional governmental finance. His practice is dedicated to the goal of ensuring good, safe, accessible, affordable housing for communities across the nation.

His clients include municipalities, state and local housing agencies, for-profit developers, non-profit housing organizations and investment banking firms. He works with all the diverse participants in housing transactions, including multi-family housing sponsors, developers, and underwriters. He represents governmental issuers (both as bond counsel and issuer counsel), LIHTC syndicators, developers (for-profit and non-profit), underwriters, banks, trustees, lenders and credit providers.

Multiple HUD, tax credit, bond and other program requirements often result in very complicated financial and legal structures; Lewis views these challenges as opportunities to build real partnerships among all the stakeholders in affordable housing transactions.

Recently, he acted as bond counsel in an innovative pooled finance, which leveraged $16 million of private equity and $28 million in multi-family private activity bonds to rehabilitate 793 scattered units throughout Tennessee.  In 2013, Lewis acted as developer’s counsel in an innovative transaction that will rebuild an affordable housing complex destroyed by a tornado in 2013, working with an array of local, state and federal officials, including the Kentucky Housing Corporation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Prior to 2008, he was chief counsel at the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

Lewis is active in the community. He is appointed by the Boone County Fiscal Court to the board of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) and serves as its vice chair.  He also serves on the board of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission and the Shirley Mann Elementary School Based Decision Making Council.

A native of Cuba and a resident of South Florida through his teenage years, Lewis is fluent in Spanish.

Education

  • Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law  (J.D.)
  • Eastern Kentucky University  (M.P.A.)
  • Eastern Kentucky University  (B.A.)
    • Offensive Lineman of the Year (2000)
    • All Ohio Valley Conference Team (1999, 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Affiliations/Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Area Development District
    • Board member
    • Vice chair
  • Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, board member
  • Kentucky Affordable Housing Coalition, president
  • EKU Worn Cleat Club

Distinctions

  • HUD Fellowship (2000 - 2002)

Languages

  • Spanish