Lisa Lim

Adjunct Professor of Law

Lisa Lim is a partner in the national real estate practice at Akerman LLP. She focuses on real estate finance and development, economic development, and affordable housing. Her transactional experience includes representing borrowers, lenders, and government agencies in the structuring, negotiation, and closing of complex transactions. She works with clients on the acquisition and/or disposition, construction, development, and/or preservation of multifamily and mixed-use developments, condominiums, hotels, senior housing, and public and charter schools. A focus of her practice is public-private collaborations with an emphasis on tax-exempt bonds, affordable housing, and regulatory frameworks. Lisa has served as lead counsel on a number of projects and other prominent developments that have helped to revitalize and develop various parts of New York City.

Prior to joining Akerman, she held numerous positions in state and city agencies. Her experience includes tenures at Empire State Development where she was Senior Counsel; the New York State Housing Finance Agency where she was Assistant Counsel; the State of New York Office of the Attorney General where she was Assistant Attorney General; and the Law Department of the New York City Housing Authority where she had the titles of Honors Associate, and In House Counsel in Real Estate and Economic Development.


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., cum laude, Wellesley College, 1986



  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


Recent Published Work and Lectures

  • NYC Boroughs Virtual OZ Forum, sponsored by Akerman LLP, Moderator, “Role of Institutions in OZ Development”, September 16, 2020
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Manhattan, East Meets West Conference, Moderator, "Urban vs. Suburban -- Is the Overflow from Urban to Suburban a Myth?" September 30, 2020
  • North Philadelphia Opportunity Zone Workshop sponsored by Akerman LLP and Temple University, Moderator, “Use of OZ for Affordable Work Force and Market Rate Housing”, January 21, 2020


  • Asian American Bar Association New York (AABANY), Real Estate Committee, Member
  • Asian Real Estate Professionals in America (AREPA New York Metro), Member
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Manhattan, Board Member
  • Fordham University School of Law, Minority Mentorship Program, Co-Chair
  • Fordham University School of Law, Urban Law Center, Board Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Pro Bono Mediator
  • The Child School/Legacy High School, Board Member

Awards and Recognitions

  • Recipient of the Best Lawyer Award hosted by the Chinese and United States Outstanding Chinese Selection Committee and Taishanese in America magazine.
  • New York Real Estate Journal 2019, Recognized as a “Leading Woman in Real Estate”
  • Recipient of the Best Hotel Lawyer Award by the America China Hotel Association, October 2018
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2015-2020, Listed in New York for Real Estate: Business
  • The Legal 500 2015, Recommended for Real Estate and Construction - Real Estate
  • Sokol Media and NYCREW 2015, Recognized as "15 Top Women to Watch in 2015" in Real Estate

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
Legal Writing Program
150 West 62nd Street, Room 7-175
New York, NY 10023