Ida B. Wells Award Honoree

About Hannah Kilson

Hannah Kilson

Hannah is a Partner at Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, where she concentrates her practice on real estate transactions in the area of affordable housing and community development. She represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, borrowers and lenders in real estate transactions involving commercial and public financing throughout the Commonwealth. Over the last several years, Hannah and her colleagues at NSP, have represented several housing authorities located in the Greater Boston area in the redevelopment of their federal public housing stock through the creative use of HUD’s repositioning programs and federal low-income housing tax credits.

Prior to joining Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP, Hannah was the Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, the Commonwealth’s largest economic development authority. She was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Agency’s Legal Department and handled legal matters associated with the Agency’s redevelopment and financing efforts. Prior to MassDevelopment, Hannah practiced in the real estate group at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Boston and at Hill & Barlow P.C. in Boston and clerked for Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers from 2020 to present.

Hannah is currently serving as President-Elect of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and a member of the BBA’s Executive Committee. She is one of the lead coordinators of the BBA’s Women of Color Attorneys’ Leadership Forum which is focusing on the professional development and advancement of women of color attorneys in the Boston legal community. She previously served as BBA Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Co-Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting Steering Committee. Previously, she was Co-Chair of the Real Estate Section, Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Estate Section, and a member of the Joint Governance Committee. She was also a member of the Immigration Working Group which authored a set of immigration principles utilized by the BBA in formulating its ongoing policy position on immigration matters at the state and federal level. Presently, she is a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the BBA.

Hannah received her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in urban educational policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Amherst College. A longtime resident of the City of Boston, Hannah resides in Jamaica Plain with her spouse Joe Kuchtic. She is the proud mother of their three emerging adult children, Caila, Zuri and Ciaran Kilson-Kuchtic. An avid runner and endurance athlete, Hannah has run in numerous road races including the Boston Marathon in 2018 and several sprint triathlons in New England.