Who We Are

We provide sophisticated legal and business advice to change makers, developers, investors, nonprofits and entrepreneurs that develop innovative strategies to impact communities.


Dionne Savage

Office (215)-880-9441


Twitter @DionneSavage


Dionne Savage is a business attorney with two decades of legal experience in real estate, structured finance, securities and corporate law. She founded Savage & Associates in January 2010 to represent community and economic development clients with complicated legal needs. She now serves a diverse client base that includes community development entities, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, banks, government agencies and nonprofits.
The focus of the firm—to drive capital investment and economic development to disadvantaged communities—is deeply personal. Dionne grew up in a working-class family in Philadelphia and saw the ways that neighborhoods with limited resources struggle to provide the goods and services necessary for residents to maintain a basic standard of living. Early on, she set out to become a force for change.
Prior to founding Savage & Associates, Dionne practiced law at a number of well-known corporate law firms, including Ballard Spahr LLP, White and Williams LLP and Stevens & Lee. During her time in Big Law, Dionne routinely helped to execute complicated financial and real estate transactions for Fortune 500 companies and sophisticated institutional investors. Through direct experience, she learned how capital is acquired, structured and leveraged to accomplish client goals.
Dionne earned a J.D. from American University in 2000. During law school, she interned for U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton and provided legal assistance to small businesses and nonprofits in urban communities through the American University Community & Economic Development Law Clinic. She earned a B.A. from Temple University, graduating with honors. Dionne is currently admitted to practice Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Washington D.C.
In addition to her legal practice, Dionne is an adjunct law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, teaching corporate legal drafting. She has also appeared as a legal contributor on local and national media outlets.
Since founding the firm, she has received a number of professional recognitions. She is a named Lawyer of Distinction, member of Inner City Capital Connections and a Certified Woman-Owned Business. She is an alumnus of Goldman Sach’s prestigious “10,000 small businesses” program.


Brenda Dutrow

Office (215)-880-9441


Twitter brendadutrow


Brenda has a comprehensive background in commercial real estate, with specializations in multi-family loan closing and delivery to purchasers in the secondary mortgage market. She is also adept at review of title, survey, borrower organizational structure, and conventional loan documentation.
As an experienced business development professional, Brenda leverages her considerable network to assist startups and growing companies in search of strategic partners, personnel, and other key assets.
Brenda builds lasting relationships in the commercial real estate sector. Her primary focus is on economic development in qualified opportunity zones, and related strategies to serve low-income communities.
Brenda is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.


Haneff Stephens

Office (215)-880-9441



Haneff works with clients on structured finance and real estate transactions for community & economic development projects. He routinely assists community development entities (CDEs), developers and government municipalities in connection with new markets tax credit (NMTC), opportunity zones and historic rehabilitation credits financing transactions. He manages the closing and post-closing process for complex corporate, tax and real estate closings.