Former Fannie Mae Associate General Counsel Sara L. Todd Joins Thompson Hine in Washington, D.C.

Date: October 17, 2017

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Sara L. Todd has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice as counsel in Washington, D.C. She will focus on expanding the firm’s commercial mortgage and warehouse lending practices, with an emphasis on agency lending.

Todd joins the firm after spending over 10 years as Associate General Counsel at Fannie Mae. Her role as counsel with Thompson Hine will allow her to continue the multifamily housing and mortgage lending work she pursued at Fannie Mae, where she was involved in most aspects of Fannie Mae’s multifamily housing finance activities through its Multifamily Mortgage Business, including lender contracts and loan documents for first mortgage and mezzanine financing, as well as market-rate equity investments and multifamily asset management.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Todd served as in-house counsel for a low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) syndicator, followed by a similar role with a national LIHTC developer/syndicator. Before joining the multifamily housing industry, she served as Assistant General Counsel for a national publicly traded hotel company, where her responsibilities included development and financing of new inns, as well as implementation of a franchising and franchisee financing program. She also has previous law firm experience with first mortgage and participating mortgage lending, construction finance, and multifamily housing development and finance matters.

Todd will advise on a broad range of real estate and corporate matters, including mortgage financing, regulatory compliance, risk management and low-income housing tax credit transactions. She will help clients identify business and legal risks and develop creative, effective solutions to enhance operating results and achieve performance goals.

“I was impressed by Thompson Hine’s Washington presence and the breadth of its strong national real estate practice,” said Todd of her decision to join the firm. “I was particularly attracted to the firm’s innovative service delivery model, SmartPaTH, which will be a unique and valuable tool to create efficiencies for clients and enhance the ability of agency lenders to close and deliver loans efficiently.”

Todd is the most recent lawyer to join the Washington office. Recent additions include former white collar prosecutor with the U. S. Department of Justice, Sarah M. Hall, energy partner Marvin Griff from Husch Blackwell and a Government Contracts practice from Cooley LLP led by Tom Mason and including Francis E. “Chip” Purcell, Jr. and Ray McCann. Also this year, Mark Lunn joined the firm’s International Trade practice group from Dentons LLP.

“Sara’s extensive knowledge in the areas of agency lending and tax credits offers enormous benefit to the firm’s clients,” said David A. Wilson, partner-in-charge of the Washington, D.C. office. “She brings a new skillset to our Real Estate practice, and we are pleased to be able to offer expanded service to our clients.”