On Monday evening, the United States Senate confirmed J. Paul Compton, Jr. to serve as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD). HUD Secretary Ben Carson said that Compton's confirmation comes at a critical time as the Department continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as other natural disasters such as the California wildfires.
Secretary Carson said, “Paul’s extensive background in real estate and housing finance will be a tremendous asset to this Department as we continue to support our nation’s housing markets and our state and local partners recovering from recent disasters. I look forward to adding Paul’s expertise to our highly experienced senior team.”
Paul Compton has extensive legal expertise in the areas of multifamily affordable housing finance, tax credit transactions, and residential mortgage securitization. According to the press release, Compton is "a former partner of the Birmingham-based law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, Compton is listed by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers on issues related to banking, finance and regulatory matters." Compton served as a legal advisor to the Alabama Affordable Housing Association (AAHA), "a trade organization for developers, property managers, lenders, investors and service providers for affordable housing."