Ryan Hatten


Ryan Hatten

Commitment to Clients and Communities

I caught the community development bug in Harvard Law School’s Transactional Law Clinic, where I assisted a local housing co-operative with revamping its organization. As a lawyer-in-training who hailed from a similarly underserved community, that experience left me with an abiding sense of purpose. From then on, I knew that I needed to find roles that allowed me to pursue my interest in transactional work in a way that impacted working and poor folks positively. I get such a sense of fulfillment from seeing the fruits of our team’s labor in developments across the nation and hope to continue to grow as an advocate for my clients by allowing my purpose to inform my daily work.

Career Overview

Current Focus: I joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2016 with a desire to engage in as much of the firm’s work as possible. I feel grateful each day for the opportunity to develop a broad and varied practice touching several facets of affordable housing and community development. That I have been able to represent non-profit and for-profit developers, tax credit syndicators, investors, and lenders in disparate residential and commercial transactions involving low income housing tax credits, New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, state-issued tax credits, grant funds, and local, state, and federal government subsidies and debt vehicles since joining the firm speaks to A&TT’s breadth of experience as well as the strength and diversity of our client base.

Before joining the firm, I worked at UP Development, LLC, an affordable housing developer in Chicago. I focused on early-cycle development issues, including acquisitions, zoning, community engagement, pro forma building, and the assembly of financing applications for various sources. Prior to joining UP, I was a Community Development Fellow at Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, where I worked on New Markets Tax Credits transactions and assisted community groups in their efforts to secure Community Benefits Agreements in addition to my broader representation of non-profits and small businesses.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Executive Committee Member, St. Leonard’s Ministries

Ryan Hatten personally exemplifies Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen’s high standards. He recently led the closing of a complicated affordable housing transaction that, without his superior knowledge and persistence, would not have happened. As lead counsel, he ensured that eighteen low-income seniors were able to keep their homes. At the end of the day, those are the results that count.

Ryan is intelligent, organized, and a pleasure to work with. His background in real estate finance and development gives him a deep understanding of the entire deal cycle and appreciation for owner priorities.


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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