Lisa A. Tunick

Washington, DC Office

Lisa A. Tunick is a Member whose practice focuses on providing comprehensive regulatory compliance advice and legal services to multifamily owners, management agents and developers of affordable housing. Lisa has extensive experience working with FHA-insured multifamily properties and Section 8 project-based assistance contracts, and advises on contractual obligations, renewal options, regulatory restrictions and repositioning opportunities. Lisa also advises on Fair Housing Act matters and engages in policy analysis, concentrating on proposed rules and legislative matters, and program evaluations.

Practice Areas

  • Deep experience defending against and negotiating resolutions to complicated HUD disposition and sensitive enforcement matters that preserve critical housing services consistent with HUD’s mission and objectives.
  • Representation before the following HUD offices:
  • Department Enforcement Center: Advise on issues prompted by scrutiny of audited financial statements and properties with physical inspection issues; resolve civil money penalties and program fraud civil remedy actions.
  • OIG: Advise and resolve audits and investigations regarding program compliance matters.
  • REAC: Advise and resolve audited financial statement review and physical inspection matters, including appeal submission and monitoring of inspector oversight and protocol.
  • Multifamily Participation Review (MPR) matters, including representation before the MPR committee and prosecution of reconsideration requests.
  • Office of Multifamily Housing, Public and Indian Housing, Office of Health Care Programs, Office of Healthy Homes, and Office of Fair Housing matters.
  • Preservation of numerous affordable properties financed or insured by the Federal Housing Administration and/or assisted with rental assistance (including PBRA, PRAC, HCV, PBV) and/or tax credits (LIHTC and historic).
  • Participate widely with industry associations and working groups, including collaborative endeavors with HUD officials regarding policies and procedures, program implementation and compliance matters.

Major Prior Work Experience

  • Owner, Solo Practitioner, Tunick Law LLC (Kensington, MD)
  • Principal, Hessel, Aluise and Neun P.C. (Washington, DC)
  • Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Dept. of HUD Office of General Counsel, Assisted Housing Division (Washington, DC)
  • Legislative Aide, Maryland General Assembly (Annapolis, MD) 
  • Senior Associate, DRI/McGraw-Hill (Washington, DC)
  • Market Research Analyst, National Geographic Society (Washington, DC)
  • Research Associate, The Urban Institute (Washington, DC)

Speaking Engagements

  • Lisa speaks regularly before industry associations including the National Leased Housing Association, National Affordable Housing Management Association, LeadingAge and the American Bar Association, including:
  • “Tenant Selection and Eviction Matters” National Affordable Housing Management Association Spring Membership Meeting (March 2023)
  • “Recent Updates on NSPIRE and REAC” National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) Mid-Year Membership Meeting (January 2023)
  • National Leased Housing Association’s (NLHA) Mid-Year Membership Meeting (January 2022)
  • LeadingAge Maryland’s Housing Happenings Virtual Education Series (2021)
  • “HUD Contracts – Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls” LeadingAge Georgia and South Carolina’s 2020 Joint Annual Conference on Aging
  • “HUD Hot Topics Update,” (December 18, 2019).
  • “Hot Topics in Affordable and Independent Senior Housing,” , Washington, DC (October 2, 2019).
  • “Multifamily Roundtable: Today’s Asset Management and Occupancy Hot Button Issues” (Moderator), , Washington, DC (June 19, 2019).
  • “All About Tenant Privacy Rights,” , Washington, DC (May 9, 2019).
  • “HUD Asset Management Roundtable,” , Washington, DC (January 2019).
  • Lisa also provides comprehensive customized training solutions to client groups on Fair Housing and compliance matters.

Selected Engagements and Representative Transactions

  • Currently assisting with the representation of a developer in a Fair Housing Act challenge in federal district court
  • Currently negotiating resolution of  a review commenced by the Departmental Enforcement Center on behalf of a Housing Authority
  • Assisted with the representation of a housing authority in a Fair Housing Act challenge in federal court
  • Ensured a private owner’s due process rights were protected in a dispute with HUD over alleged non-compliance with HUD program requirements
  • Assisted a non-profit organization and a public housing authority with the successful resolution of audits initiated by the Office of Inspector General


  • “Navigating Recent Challenges in the Regulation of Affordable Housing by the Office of Multifamily Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” 26 Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Vol. 1, 63 (2007).

Professional Associations

  • Board Member, National Affordable Housing Management Association Education Foundation
  • Member, National Affordable Housing Management Association
  • Member, National Leased Housing Association
  • Member, Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. cum laude
    • Editor-in-Chief, Saint Louis University Public Law Review
  • University of Rochester, B.A. Economics

Bar Admission

District of Columbia Bar

Maryland Bar


Chappaqua, NY