Lara enjoys using her financial acumen and legal skills to help clients invest in and develop communities.


Lara counsels lenders, investors and developers in financing transactions, concentrating on projects using federal and state incentives. Lara’s practice includes high-impact investments and loans for affordable housing, renewable energy and rural development projects, as well as other construction financing transactions and commercial real estate.

 Lara has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars of community development projects nationwide, cutting a wide swath across more than 25 states. She has extensive experience in complex construction and real estate financings, economic development projects and other investment fund structures and credit facilities.


A selection of Lara’s recent transactions includes:

  • Counsel to tax credit investors in numerous renewable energy financings
  • Counsel to lead lender and administrative agent in various construction financings for affordable housing and historic rehabilitations involving federal and state tax credits
  • Lender’s counsel in multi-state revolving and term credit facilities, including construction loans and commercial real estate
  • Developer’s counsel in connection with financings of affordable housing and mixed use development projects

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Speaking Engagements

“Opportunity Zone Basics – An Introduction to the Tax Benefits, the Definitions and Eligible Investments,” Minnesota Real Estate Institute, October 31, 2019

“LIBOR is Out; SOFR is In: Opportunities and Challenges Explored,” The Knowledge Group Webinar, September 26, 2019



Minnesota Super Lawyers® Rising Stars selection, 2018-2019

Minnesota Lawyer “Up and Coming Attorney,” 2016

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association, Business Law Section and Forum on Affordable Housing

Minnesota State Bar Association

Eureka Recycling, Board Member


  • Minnesota
  • New York


Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009

  • Hofstra Law Review, Articles Editor

Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, B.S.B., Marketing, 2006

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