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 cooperative in their organizational overhaul. As a lawyer-in-training who hailed from a similarly underserved community, I left this experience resolved to pursue further opportunities to impact working and poor folks positively through transactional work.

Career Overview

Current Focus: I joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2016 with a desire to take part in as much of the firm’s work as possible. My goal was to build a practice which would allow me to engage with a broad array of prospective clients – whether they be developers, service agencies, or community organizations – and have the breadth of experience to identify opportunities for such parties in the landscape of community development. In pursuit of this goal, I have represented not-for-profit and for-profit clients in residential and commercial transactions across the country funded by sources including LIHTCs, tax-exempt & taxable bonds, NMTCs, HTCs, state-issued tax credits, public & private grants, operating subsidies, soft debt, and commercial debt in my time at the firm. That I have been able to serve as legal counsel on such varied matters speaks to the strength and diversity of our client base.

Before joining the firm, I worked at UP Development, an affordable housing developer in Chicago. I focused on early-cycle development issues, including acquisitions, zoning, community engagement, financial modeling, 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 NMTC transactions, engaged in CLC’s Community Benefits Agreement practice, and represented not-for-profits and small businesses through CLC’s legal clinic.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Vice President, St. Leonard’s Ministries
  • Board Member, Economic Growth Corporation

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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