Nicole A. Jackson




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Affordable Housing & Community
Development Finance
Tax Credit Finance & Syndication
Commercial Real Estate

Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.
Schiff Hardin LLP
Holleb & Coff
Judicial Clerk, Hon. Ann C. Williams,
United States District Court,
Northern District of Illinois

State of Illinois
United States District Court,
Northern District, Illinois

University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
Brown University, B.A. with honors,
Political Science

Nicole A. Jackson

Nicole joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2001. Her practice focuses on affordable housing development, with a particular emphasis on multi-tiered transactions. Nicole represents developers in a variety of complex low-income housing transactions, including transactions utilizing multiple funding sources, such as FHA-insurance, municipal bonds, HOPE VI and public housing capital funds, state and historic tax credits and federal programs such as HOME and CDBG.

Nicole has represented a variety of developers that are engaged in the redevelopment of public housing in Chicago. Representative redevelopment projects and clients include: Robert Taylor Homes/Legends South (Brinshore-Michaels); Henry Horner Homes/Westhaven (Brinshore-Michaels); Cabrini Green/Parkside Old Town (Holsten Real Estate Development); Hilliard Homes (Holsten Real Estate Development); Ogden North/Park Douglas (Brinshore-Michaels in partnership with Sinai Community Institute); and Britton Budd and Pomeroy Senior Housing (Chicago Housing Authority). Nicole counsels tax credit syndicators in connection with investments in affordable housing developments nationwide. Nicole has structured and documented real estate loans for both commercial banks and private lenders. Nicole also works on traditional real estate matters involving the sale and acquisition of property.


  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Advisory Board Member, The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • Former Board Member, Joel Hall Dancers & Center (2001–11)
  • Board Member and Co-Chair of Advisory Committee, Chicago Center for Arts and Technology


  • Presenter, 28th Annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award (presented to Hon. Ann C. Williams), United States Supreme Court (September 2010).
  • Speaker, Chicago Housing Authority Finance & Build Green Workshop (February 17, 2010).
  • Panelist, “Protecting Your Client in the New Environment”, ABA’s 18th Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Conference (May 20-22, 2009).
  • Moderator, “Putting it All Together: A Case Study on the ‘Typical’ Affordable Housing Development”, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen Seminar, Tax Credit Basics and More (April 21, 2009).