Edward Campbell has been involved in the creation or preservation of more than 10,000 units of affordable housing during his career.

Edward Campbell, attorney, Nixon Peabody
Courtesy Nixon Peabody Edward Campbell, attorney, Nixon Peabody

An associate at Nixon Peabody, the 37-year-old attorney is a member of the firm’s affordable housing practice group, for which he advises developers on their low-income housing tax credit and tax-exempt bond transactions as well as deals involving Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.

“A great highlight is always when I go to a ribbon-cutting or a groundbreaking for one of the deals I’ve worked on for a client,” says Campbell, who has been with Nixon Peabody for almost three years and is based in the Los Angeles office. “… It’s an opportunity to meet residents and hear how affordable housing has improved their lives.”

Earlier in his career, Campbell served as in-house counsel for HUD in California and Washington, D.C., where he gained a unique understanding of the federal agency’s programs and processes. Working at HUD during the recession, he helped create new regulations and procedures for programs enacted under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Campbell was HUD’s lead counsel for the implementation of the Tax Credit Assistance Program.

“The recession galvanized my desire to work in affordable housing because HUD had to step in and take up such a market share at the time,” Campbell says. “It gave me an ability to work on diverse programs and policies that were once-in-a-generation occurrences.”

In 2016, he was named one of the National LGBT Bar Association’s best LGBT attorneys under 40.

He also serves as vice chairman of the board of directors at the West Hollywood Community Housing Corp., a nonprofit affordable housing development organization.