Alana Paris


Alana Paris

Commitment to Clients and Communities

I receive the greatest satisfaction at the office from working with people invested in empowering low-income communities. As someone intimately familiar with the struggles of economic disadvantage, I am dedicated to understanding and utilizing the best tools to create more housing and opportunity for those in need. I spent my first summer in law school at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity where I gained a greater understanding of the way that the law could be used to ensure safe and affordable housing. Since then, I sought to build a career around affordable housing and community development while focusing on the type of detail-oriented work that I enjoy. I am privileged to work among the attorneys at Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen to develop nuanced solutions to the complex problems I am driven to resolve.

Career Overview

Current Focus: While working at Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen as a law clerk during the summer of 2020 I found my niche focusing on tax structuring of transactions eligible for federal low-income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits, and working with nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. I am excited to now join the firm in 2021 as a member of the Tax Group.

Highlights: At Northwestern Pritzker School of Law I served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Law & Social Policy where I won the Lowden Wigmore Prize for best student publication, An Unfair Cross Section: Federal Jurisdiction for Indian Country Crimes Dismantles Jury Community Conscience, 16 NW. J. L. & SOC. POL’Y. 92 (2020). I also received the 2020 Honorable Mention for the Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing for my article “HUD Section 3: A Missed Opportunity,” advocating for a reimagined use of tax incentives in designated Opportunity Zones.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
    • Member, Section on Taxation


Our attorneys have a passion for helping our clients reclaim and re-invigorate neighborhoods and cities. We represent developers, tax credit syndicators, investors, tax-exempt community development organizations and public housing authorities. They trust us to get the job done–please come talk with us to learn why you should too.

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