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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.

Ms. Byrne spearheads the firm's U.S. Economic Incentives practice along with the Real Estate and Public Finance practices in the Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Byrne has successfully obtained economic incentives for clients on a national basis and has extensive experience drafting legislation for economic incentives. Her practice involves site location for many different industries, namely technology, broadcasting, wood-based products and biofuels, industrial manufacturing, food processing, auto parts and components, as well as financial services, professional sports arenas and complexes, entertainment facilities, and hotels. She and her team represent inbound companies from abroad including Asia, Europe and Canada, 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 and technology 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 represents many corporations, nonprofits, and partnerships in real estate projects relating to headquarters buildings, mixed-use, retail, office, residential, manufacturing, warehouse, healthcare, hotels, restaurants, sports arenas and colleges and universities. Ms. Byrne focuses her practice on public policy, legislative counseling, real estate transactions, tax exempt and taxable 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 worked on numerous multifamily housing projects on a national, state, and local basis. Ms. Byrne has also worked on infrastructure projects and other projects financed with TIFs. She has represented NMTC borrowers with public/private partnerships and manufacturing projects on a national basis. Ms. Byrne also represents developers and corporations with real estate acquisitions, renovation projects, and public/private partnerships, as well as retail/residential, office condominiums, and the related real estate documentation and due diligence.

Additionally, Ms. Byrne is active across the newly established Opportunity Zones (OZ) community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, building upon extensive experience working with clients to develop investments in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods.

She was selected by Super Lawyers as a top Washington, D.C. Lawyer in Government Finance in 2016, and 2017, and 2018. 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.

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 (2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019)
  • 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

  • Speaker, “DCA Live BIG Growth Summit: Amazon and the New Innovation Economy”, Crystal City, V.A., November 16, 2018
  • Moderator, “DCBIA Opportunity Zones Seminar”, Washington, D.C., November 6, 2018
  • Speaker, “Now that the proposed regulations have been released for the Opportunity Zones Program, What Is Your Next Step?” Qualified Opportunity Funds and Opportunity Zones Released Regulations, Washington, D.C., October 31, 2018
  • 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