Robert J. MacClaren

Senior Associate Rochester

With experience in a variety of transactions and structures, Rob acts as a trusted advisor and advocate for his clients, which include institutions of all sizes, including national, regional and community banks and credit unions.

Rob concentrates his practice in banking and financial services law, with a particular focus on low-income housing tax credit financing, including bond and conventional loan transactions. Additionally, Rob is experienced in transactions involving direct and indirect ownership structures, new market tax credits, environmental brownfields, historic tax credits, middle market and small business financing, and SBA and conventional financing structures.

In addition to Rob’s work on the financing side of transactions, Rob also has experience handling town- and zoning-related matters through his work as the zoning board attorney and deputy town attorney for the Town of Gates, New York.



Honors & Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®

Education & Admissions

  • Penn State Dickinson Law, J.D., 2013
  • Penn State University, B.S., 2010
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York


Representative Matters
  • Represented a large national financial institution in a multilayer $145,000,000 bond transaction.
  • Represented a large national financial institution in new market tax credit transactions involving a multilease structure in connection with a $100,000,000 redevelopment project.
  • Represented a community bank in complex SBA and 1031 exchange transactions.
  • Represented a regional bank in financing community redevelopment projects.

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Brockport Child Development Center, Board of Directors

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
    • Section of State & Local Government Law
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Florida Housing Coalition
  • Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Local & State Government Law Section
    • Real Property Law Section