Niki Tsismenakis’ practice largely consists of affordable housing and community development, real estate finance, cooperative and condominium law, and not-for-profit law.
Niki, who joined Goldstein Hall in 2010, has experience in projects involving 9% and 4% low-income housing tax credits and New York City Housing Development Corporation and New York State Housing Finance Agency tax exempt and refunded bond programs. She is also knowledgeable in 420-c and Article XI tax abatements, and has represented clients in projects involving scattered-site locations, Year 15 transactions, syndication, and inclusionary air rights. She also provides expertise in Goldstein Hall’s Emerging Developer Program, which helps reduce barriers for new developers and contractors in the affordable housing industry. In May 2021, City & State recognized Niki in their inaugural Real Estate/Construction 40 Under 40 list and she was also recognized on the Crain’s 2022 list of Notable Women in Law. Niki serves as President of Women in Housing and Finance, Inc.
At Brooklyn Law School, Niki participated in its Corporate and Real Estate Clinic, where she advised low-income cooperative boards on corporate governance issues. She also held internship positions with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., the New York City Housing Development Corporation, and a prominent East Coast law firm.
Niki has received the Max M. Lome Memorial Prize for Excellence in Urban Law, the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Commercial Leasing, Negotiation, and Corporate & Real Estate Clinic seminar. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives, the New York Housing Conference’s Rising Leaders Network, and currently serves as President on the New York Chapter of Women in Housing and Finance.
Affordable Housing and Community Development
Real Estate Finance
Cooperative and Condominium Law