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

Overview

Jeff’s practice focuses on serving the unique needs of institutional and other lenders, and his experience covers a wide range of both conventional and complex lending transactions. 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. Jeff 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.

Jeff also 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

Jeff frequently represents special servicers in loan workouts, mediation, loan sales and foreclosure of residential properties across Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

Among recent successes, Jeff 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.

Jeff has represented lenders in their entire portfolios, including loan workouts, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and foreclosure review.

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, 2013-2019

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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