Bryant Miller Olive

Keirston R. Woods


Office phone: 202-457-1250

Office Location: Washington, D.C.



Keirston R. Woods is a shareholder in Bryant Miller Olive’s Washington, D.C. office where she practices in the public finance, real estate, affordable housing, new markets tax credits, public private partnerships and corporate trust and default departments of the firm. Ms. Woods has facilitated, structured and documented over 250 transactions in connection with nearly $20 billion of revenue and general obligation, tax-exempt and taxable municipal financings as lead or second chair counsel to issuers, underwriters, banks, trustees and conduit borrowers. Such transactions include the financing and refinancing of the following project types: affordable housing (multi- and single family), college and university, convention center, historic theatre, hospital, K-12, manufacturing, pollution control, prisons, student housing, transportation, water and sewer and various other community development projects.

Previously focusing in bankruptcy and general commercial law, she has practiced in both the transactional and litigation practice areas. Ms. Woods has extensive experience structuring and negotiating complex transactions, and drafting and reviewing contracts, agreements, and legislation, among other matters. She has also provided legal advice regarding real estate transactions, lending, and financing, as well as federal, state and local compliance issues. Additionally, she has handled litigation for private and commercial clients and served as Associate General Counsel to the Housing Authority of Prince George’s County, Maryland.

After receiving an A.B. degree in both Political Science and Sociology from Duke University in May 2000, Ms. Woods earned her J.D. in May 2003 from the George Washington University Law School. Ms. Woods is admitted to practice before the federal and state courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

From 2015 to 2018, Ms. Woods served on the Board of Directors for the Jubilee Support Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Jubilee Housing, a non-profit affordable housing and services provider in Washington, D.C. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2014, including as Chair and Treasurer. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington Bar Association from 2014 to 2015 and 2006 to 2009, and was the inaugural chair of the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Corporation, Finance & Securities Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association from 2006 to 2008. Ms. Woods is the Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.


College: Duke University- A.B. Political Science and Sociology, 2000

Law School: George Washington University Law School- J.D., 2003


Maryland Bar, 2003

District of Columbia Bar, 2004


Court of Appeals of Maryland

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Governmental Affairs Committee, Vice Chair, 2018 - Present


  • "Introduction to Multi-family Housing Bonds," National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, Panelist, September 2018, September 2019
  • "Traps for the Unwary: Challenges and Solutions in LIHTC Transactions," American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Panelist, May 2017
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