Jeff has extensive experience in lending and real estate transactions built on superior client service.

Overview

With experience covering a wide range of both conventional and complex lending transactions, Jeff’s practice focuses on serving the unique needs of institutional and other lenders. He represents some of the country’s largest financial institutions, as well as local community banks and credit unions, in originating complex secured real estate loans, construction loans, warehouse lines of credit, and a variety of other asset-based lending transactions.

He has extensive experience in multi-state and multi-party real estate and lending transactions, including loans secured by shopping centers, office buildings, multifamily properties, industrial facilities, residential communities, hotels, grocery stores, mini-storage facilities and other real estate and related assets.

Jeff also assists lenders and CMBS Special Servicers in intelligently and creatively managing their existing loan portfolios and related risks, crafting specialized loan participations and syndications, making loan modifications, negotiating and documenting workouts, procuring deeds in lieu of foreclosure, obtaining the appointment of qualified receivers and executing both judicial and non-judicial foreclosures.

Additionally, Jeff advises property owners and owners of master-planned and mixed-use developments, retail, medical and office buildings, and other types of commercial real estate on a variety of issues involving property purchase and sale transactions, real estate development and commercial leasing.

Experience

Leasing

Represented the Arizona Department of Administration on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health Services in connection with the sublease of St. Luke's Medical Office Building

Represent the Arizona Department of Administration on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health Services in the connection with the sublease of the Tucson Convention Center

Represent a commercial developer for 15 years in the acquisition, development and leasing of various multi-tenant industrial facilities including the four building, 340,000 square foot, development in Phoenix, Arizona

Represented the owner of a multi-tenant medical office building for the past fifteen years

Lending

Represents special servicers in loan workouts, mediation, loan sales and foreclosures of residential properties across Arizona, Nevada and Utah

Represented a commercial lender on a $50 million loan on a golf course and fractional-interest project. He also represented a lender in the foreclosure of a $95 million resort.

Represent the lender in connection with the drafting and negotiation of more than 40 real estate secured loans, loan amendments and loan participations in the last two years including most recently a $125 million construction loan, $19.5 billion, term loan, and a $6.5 million construction loan

Represent the lender is connection with the drafting and negotiation of a $20.5 million real estate secured construction loan

Acquisition and Development

Assisted the buyer in connection with the $60 million acquisition of an approximately 900,000 square foot warehouse building

Assisted the buyer in connection with the $65 million acquisition of a mixed use office complex

Represent the developers in connection with sale and purchase of more than 450 residential subdivision lots this year

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Jeff regularly provides his clients with in-house seminars and presentations on topics requested by the clients or addressing current loan issues Jeff has worked on with the clients including legal updates and training.  Jeff also regularly presents in-firm continuing legal education to associates and paralegals.

Lecturer, “Commercial Real Estate Loan Documentation from Start to Finish”, National Business Institute, 2016 and 2018

“Alternatives to Foreclosure,” Commercial Real Estate Portfolio and CMBS Loan Workouts: Forbearance, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy webinar, Stafford, May 2015

Closed-Session Discussion, The CRE Finance Council Roundtable, Phoenix, March 2014

Panelist, “When a Transaction Goes into Default: Preemptive Measures and Joint Venture Workouts,” Winter Opportunity Funds Forum, Information Management Network, Laguna Beach, Calif., January 2014

Lecturer, Arizona School of Real Estate and Business, on various real estate, lending and workout topics

Publications

Contributing Author, "Trigild Deskbook, a Guide to Receivership & Foreclosure," Fourth Edition

Recognitions

Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, 2013 - 2021

The Legal 500 US, Energy-Renewable/Alternative, 2014 - 2015

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

“Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business,” Construction and Real Estate Law, 2011

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

State Bar of Arizona

State Bar of Utah

Arizona Bankers Association

Greater Phoenix Economic Counsel, Board of Directors

City of Mesa, Economic Development Advisory Board, Past Chairman, Ex Officio Board Member

Mesa Public Schools Planning and Boundary Design Advisory Committee, Member and Past Chairman

Volunteer Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America

Practices & Industries

Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Utah

Education

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 1991

  • Brigham Young Journal of Public Law, Associate Editor

University of Utah, B.A., 1988

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