N. Gordon Knox


  • N. Gordon Knox
  • Phone: +1 410 949 2945

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    100 International Drive, Suite 700
    Baltimore, MD 21202-5184

N. Gordon Knox focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate and corporate transactions. He handles all aspects of tax-exempt financings, commercial financings and affordable housing development financings.

In the public finance area, Mr. Knox has extensive experience serving as bond counsel and counsel to issuers, bond purchasers and trustees. Mr. Knox regularly advises a corporate trustee representing the holders of tax-exempt bonds issued by municipal authorities to finance multifamily housing in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he negotiates trust indentures, funding loan agreements and tax regulatory agreements to enable the trustee to receive debt service payments from conduit borrowers on behalf of the bondholders.

Mr. Knox represents national, regional and community banks and other financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions involving New Markets Tax Credits, construction loans, SBA loans, letters of credit, equipment leases and commercial loans secured by real estate and/or personal property.

Mr. Knox also represents healthcare systems in purchase, sale and leasing transactions. He advises lenders in connection with troubled credits and has extensive experience in documenting and negotiating forbearance agreements, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and restructuring credit facilities. He also serves as counsel to business owners and real estate developers.

Mr. Knox is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 1998), the American University in Cairo (M.A., 1993) and the College of William & Mary (A.B., 1990).

Areas of Practice

  • Affordable Housing & Community Development

  • Asset-Based Lending & Commercial Finance

  • Banking & Finance

  • Business Counseling, Contracts & Transactions

  • Business Reorganizations, Financial Restructurings & Workouts

  • Corporate Governance & Disputes

  • Equipment Leasing & Finance

  • Public Finance

  • Real Estate & Construction

  • Real Estate, Finance, Corporate & Lending Transactions

Representative Matters

  • Served as Bond Counsel to the D.C. Housing Finance Agency in the issuance of $59.7 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of a multifamily housing development.

  • Represented a leading investment management company in its purchase of $50.5 million in bonds issued by Washington County, Maryland; the bond proceeds were used toward refinancing the acquisition of retirement home facilities. 

  • Represented American Education Properties, LLC (AEP) in the $214 million sale of thirteen facilities leased to charter schools in Arizona, California, Florida and North Carolina. 


  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • The American University in Cairo, M.A., 1993
  • College of William & Mary, A.B., 1990


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2020-present
  • Miles & Stockbridge PC
    - Principal, 2011-2020
    - Associate, 1998-2011

Honors and Awards

  • Leaders in Diversity Award, Baltimore Business Journal, 2023
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2018 and 2021-2024

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
    - Member, Revenue Bond Advisory Board
  • Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA)
    - Member, Board of Directors

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Mainstreaming Cannabis: Real Estate and Valuation," Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar, April 25, 2024
  • Panelist, "Commercial Real Estate," Black In-House Counsel "Elevating Partners of Color" Webinar, October 13, 2022
  • Presenter, "Cannabis 306: Real Estate Investment in the Cannabis Industry," Duane Morris Cannabis Webinar Series, August 20, 2020
  • Panel Chair, “NABL Model Bond Indenture Discussion” at NABL’s “The Institute,” Bonita Springs, Florida, March 7-8, 2019

  • Panelist, “Trustees and Trustees’ Counsel” at NABL’s Bond Attorneys Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, September 26-28, 2018

  • Master of Ceremonies, MEDA’s Awards Banquet, Cambridge, Maryland, April 29-30, 2018

  • Panelist, "Bond Attorneys' Workshop," National Association of Bond Lawyers, Chicago, October 19, 2016

  • Panelist, "Tax and Securities Law Institute," National Association of Bond Lawyers, March 10-11, 2016

  • Panelist, "Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar," National Association of Bond Lawyers, April 24, 2015

  • Panelist, "Annual Conference," Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), April 28, 2014

  • "Public Finance Techniques," Leaders on the Same Page, Prince George's County, Maryland, July 29, 2013