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Affordable Housing & Community
Development Finance
Tax Credit Finance & Syndication

Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.
Business and Professional People for the Public Interested (BPI)
Director, Regional Affordable Housing Initiative
Polikoff-Gautreaux Fello and Staff Counsel

State of Illinois

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors
Member, Order of the Coif
Univerisity of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs,
Masters of Public Affairs, with honors
Member, Chancellor’s Society
North Central College, B.A., summa cum laude

Nicholas J. Brunick

Nick joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2005. Prior to joining the firm, he spent five years, including three as Director of Affordable Housing, at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), one of the nation’s premier public-interest organizations. While at BPI, Nick was involved in legal, policy and advocacy efforts to create and preserve affordable housing (especially near jobs and opportunity), to revitalize low-income communities and to help the working households secure better wages and incomes. He helped to pass the first statewide rental subsidy program in Illinois (the largest in the country at the time), to develop new local inclusionary and affordable housing programs in the Chicago region and to pass statewide legislation to encourage local municipalities to plan for and create more affordable housing. He also served as plaintiff class counsel for the Gautreaux case and worked extensively with public housing residents.

Nick now represents not-for-profit and for-profit developers, tax credit syndicators, investors and lenders who are building or preserving affordable housing or developing commercial or not-for-profit enterprises in underserved areas. He works with a wide variety of public and private financing sources, including low-income housing tax credits, state tax credits, New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), various HUD financing tools, USDA financing, tax increment financing and numerous local, state and federal loan and grant programs. He also provides consulting services to municipalities, states and not-for-profit community organizations on a range of public policy issues. Nick serves on a number of civic boards and lives in Oak Park with his wife and four children.


  • President, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
  • Executive Board Member, The Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Vice-President, Illinois Housing Council
  • Executive Board Member, United Power for Action and Justice
  • Member of the Advisory Board, First Eagle Bank
  • Co-Chair of the 2-4 Unit Property Working Group, Preservation Compact


  • Nicholas J. Brunick and Patrick O’B. Maier, Renewing the Land of Opportunity, 19: Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law 2 (Winter 2010).
  • Author, Compensatory Benefits to Developers for the Provision of Affordable Housing: Lessons from the National Experience. Prepared for the State of New Jersey, Council on Affordable Housing (November 5, 2007).
  • Author, “Case Studies in Inclusionary Housing: The City of Chicago,” Zoning Practice. Chicago, IL: American Planning Association (March 2007).