Attorneys

Jonathan’s ability to communicate clearly, to think strategically, and to negotiate effectively allows him to counsel and represent clients ranging from individuals and small privately held businesses to publicly traded corporations. He focuses his practice on complex finance, banking and commercial real estate transactions including portfolio, construction, commercial mortgage backed securities and conduit lending, loan syndications, interest rate caps and swaps, aircraft financing, and other structured finance transactions as well as commercial real estate sales, acquisitions and development.

Jonathan is a frequent lecturer and has authored papers on a variety of topics, most recently on High Volatility Commercial Real Estate regulations, on LIBOR history and transition proposals, on Texas Title Insurance coverage, on Negotiation and Documentation of Commercial Real Estate Construction Loans and on Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities.

Jonathan has held numerous leadership positions in legal and professional organizations on a local and national level. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) where he serves as the Texas State Chair and of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Capital Markets committee.

Representative Experience

Jonathan has represented:

  • Lenders and Borrowers in commercial portfolio and construction financing
  • Lenders and Borrowers in mezzanine financing and inter-creditor agreements
  • Lenders and Borrowers in interest rate caps, swaps, and derivative transactions
  • Lenders in commercial aircraft financing
  • Lenders under the EB-5 investor visa program of the Immigration and Nationality Act
  • Lenders and Borrowers in commercial mortgage backed securities transactions
  • National loan servicers in all aspects of loan servicing including work outs, modifications, transfers, assignments, foreclosures, and litigation
  • Purchasers, sellers, and developers in all aspects of commercial real estate
  • Lenders in collateralized debt obligation transactions
  • Plaintiffs and defendants in real estate related litigation
  • Administrative and collateral agents in loan syndication transactions, including
    • a $32 billion energy company acquisition
    • a $5.5 billion international hotel credit facility
    • a $1.2 billion dollar recapitalization transaction pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act
    • a $25 million secured revolving export finance facility to finance a Brazilian bank
    • a $425 million manufacturing facility, through a subsequent Delaware bankruptcy, credit bid, and asset purchase

Education

  • Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, 1979. Graduated magna cum laude, with honors
  • University of Virginia, Juris Doctor, 1982. Board of Directors of the University of Virginia Post Conviction Assistance Project

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow and Texas State Chair American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Fellow
  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel, Member
  • William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court, Master Member Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Mortgage Bankers’ Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas

Honors and Distinctions

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, published in Texas Monthly, 2003 – 2005
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2016 – 2018
  • AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 1993 – 2018
  • Legal Leaders/Top Rated Lawyers, ALM and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo Rating- 10

Community Activities

  • White Rock Boathouse, Inc., Membership Coordinator
  • Reading & Radio Resource, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Regina Montoya Coggins for Congress Campaign, Former Treasurer
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Family Clinic, Inc, Former Vice President and Board of Directors Member, 1993-96
  • Yale Club of Dallas, President, 1991-93
  • Yale Club of Dallas, Board of Directors, 1985-1993
  • Association of Yale University Alumni, Dallas Delegate, 1990-1991
  • Alumni Schools Committee of Yale University, Member, 1985-2000

Speaking and Writing

  • Commercial Mortgage Backed Lending” – State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Law Course
  • Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities 2013” – State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Law Course
  • Conduit Mortgage Lending” – University of Texas’s School of Law’s William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute and the Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyers Discussion Group
  • Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities Headwinds and Tailwinds 2013-2014” – Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyers’ Discussion Group
  • Current Title Insurance Coverages and Rates in Commercial Mortgage Loan Transactions” -State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Law Course
  • Dealing with Defeasance” – University of Texas’s School of Law’s William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute
  • Finance Market Impact on Real Estate” – State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Strategies Course
  • High Volatility Commercial Real Estates Loans: New Federal Rules and the Impact on Loan Availability – University of Texas’s School of Law’s William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute and the Dallas Bar Association’s Real Property Section
  • Intercreditor Agreements – The Giants Fight It Out”- State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course
  • Intercreditor Agreements: Junior vs. Senior Debt ” – University of Texas’s School of Law’s William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute
  • Lending What Does the Market Look Like” – State Bar of Texas’ Annual Advanced Real Estate Strategies Course
  • Mezzanine Financing” – State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Law Course, University of Texas’ School of Law’s William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute and the Texas Land Title Association’s Advanced Closing Issues Seminar
  • Negotiation and Documentation of Commercial Real Estate Construction Loans” – State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Strategies Course
  • Negotiating Carveouts to Loan Non-Recourse Provisions (Lender’s and Borrower’s Perspective)”- SMU School of Law’s Real Estate Law: Transactions In-Depth seminar
  • Negotiating Intercreditor Agreements” – University of Texas’s School of Law’s William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute
  • Opening Statements” -Moderator of the William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court
  • A Primer on Platting and Zoning”- SMU School of Law’s Real Estate Law: Transactions In-Depth seminar
  • Property Management and Leasing Agreements”- SMU School of Law’s Real Estate Law: Transactions In-Depth seminar
  • Recourse Carve- Out Liability: Only for Bad Boys?” – University of Texas’s School of Law’s William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute
  • Selected Issues in Loan Documentation” – State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course
  • Tenant Remedies when Landlord Defaults or in Other Actionable Circumstances”- SMU School of Law’s Real Estate Law: Transactions In-Depth seminar
  • Title Insurance –What’s Not Covered- What is Covered Solutions” – Texas Land Title Association
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Loan Documents need a LIBOR alternate rate mechanism)” – ACREL Notes