Airial Smith

Washington, DC Office

Airial Smith is an associate who represents public housing authorities and developers engaged in complex real estate development transactions involving a wide variety of funding sources, including low-income housing tax credits and public housing funds. She also advises clients on entity formation, corporate governance, and regulatory issues concerning affordable housing development.

Major Prior Work Experience

  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Law Clerk to the Honorable Fern Flanagan Saddler
  • Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, Student Attorney
  • Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Law Clerk
  • Ballard Spahr LLP, Real Estate Paralegal

Selected Transactions

  • Representing a Georgia developer converting 93 public housing units to Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
  • Representing a New York housing authority in a RAD/Section 18 conversion and substantial rehabilitation of 99 public housing units.

Awards, Community And Professional Activities

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development, Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Member


(202) 349 2671


American University Washington College of Law, J.D.

  • Editor, American University International Law Review

University of Maryland College Park, B.S. 

Bar Admission

Maryland Bar


Waldorf, MD