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 works closely with clients in all aspects of commercial real estate and finance, including representation of lenders, developers, loan syndication agents, and borrowers in complex transactions and litigation.  Jonathan has significant experience on both the origination and servicing sides of commercial mortgage backed securities and other structured finance transactions. He has represented, nationally and internationally, some of the largest loan originators, special and master servicers, and administrative/collateral agents in portfolio, conduit, and loan syndication agency transactions. Jonathan is a frequent lecturer on structured finance issues.

Jonathan has held numerous leadership positions in legal and professional organizations on a local and national level. He is the Texas State Chair of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) and, as such, is responsible for editing the Texas section of the ACMA Mortgage Law Summary, reviewing proposed Texas ACMA nominees, and answering ACMA questions regarding Texas Law. He is one of only three Texas lawyers to have been elected a fellow of both the ACMA and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). Most recently, he was selected by peers for inclusion in the 22nd edition (2016) of the Best Lawyers in America for real estate.

Representative Experience

Jonathan has represented:

  • Purchasers, sellers, and developers in all aspects of commercial real estate
  • Commercial real estate developers in acquiring, selling, financing, and operating multi-family properties
  • Lenders in mezzanine financing and inter-creditor agreements
  • National loan servicers in all aspects of loan servicing including work outs, modifications, transfers, assignments, foreclosures, and litigation
  • Lenders in numerous ISDA interest rate cap, swaps, and derivative transactions
  • Lenders in commercial aircraft financing
  • The agent in a $1.2 billion Canadian recapitalization transaction
  • The board of directors of a public company in a shareholder derivative suit
  • The agent in a $5.5 billion international hotel credit facility
  • The agent in $25 million secured revolving export finance facility to finance a Brazilian bank
  • The agent in administering a $425 million manufacturing facility, through a subsequent Delaware bankruptcy, credit bid, and asset purchase
  • The agent in a $1.2 billion dollar recapitalization transaction pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act
  • The agent in a $32 billion energy company acquisition
  • Servicers and originators in collateralized debt obligation transactions
  • Administrative and collateral agents in loan syndication transactions
  • Originators in commercial mortgage backed securities transactions throughout the country
  • Plaintiffs and defendants in real estate related litigation
  • Commercial lenders and borrowers

Jonathan has also served as an AAA securities and commercial arbitrator and has acted as a mediator in commercial disputes.


  • 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 on November 5, 1982
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on November 22, 1982
  • 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on November 28, 1983

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow and Texas State Chair
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Fellow
  • William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court, Master Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • University of North Texas College of Law, Louis A. Bedford, Jr., Mentor
  • Mortgage Bankers’ Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Special Committee to Combat Hunger and Homelessness, Former Committee Member

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 edition
  • AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 1993 – 2016
  • Legal Leaders/Top Rated Lawyers, ALM and Martindale-Hubbell, recognized 2013 – 2016


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

  •  Presenter to the Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyers’ Discussion Group on December 11, 2013, “Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities Headwinds and Tailwinds 2013-2014”
  • Moderator and Panelist for the State Bar of Texas’ Seventh Annual Advanced Real Estate Strategies Course on the topic of “Lending What Does the Market Look Like”
  • Faculty member for the State Bar of Texas’ 35th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course on the topic of “Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities 2013”
  • Panelist for the State Bar of Texas’ Fifth Annual Advanced Real Estate Strategies Course on the topic of “Finance Market Impact on Real Estate”
  • Faculty member for the State Bar of Texas’ 27th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course on the topics of “Mezzanine Financing” and “Commercial Mortgage Backed Lending”
  • Steering Committee for the 36th – 49th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law and presenter on the topics of “Mezzanine Financing,” “Intercreditor Agreements: Junior vs. Senior Debt ,” “Dealing with Defeasance,” “Conduit Mortgage Lending,” “Negotiating Intercreditor Agreements,” and “Recourse Carve-Out Liability: Only for Bad Boys?”
  • Presenter at the State Bar of Texas’ 12th Annual and 15th Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course on the topics of “Selected Issues in Loan Documentation” and “Intercreditor Agreements – The Giants Fight It Out”
  • Presenter at the Texas Land Title Association’s Advanced Closing Issues Seminar on the topic of “Mezzanine Financing”
  • Presenter at the Dallas Area Real Estate Lawyers Discussion Group on the topic of “Conduit Mortgage Lending”
  • Workshop Faculty for the Leasing module of the Dallas Bar Association’s Minority Attorney Business Development Initiatives
  • Presenter at the Real Estate Law: Transactions In-Depth seminar sponsored by the SMU School of Law on the topics of “A Primer on Platting and Zoning” and on “Negotiating Carveouts to Loan Non-Recourse Provisions (Lender’s and Borrower’s Perspective)”
  • Presenter and panelist at the Real Estate Law: Leases In-Depth seminar sponsored by the SMU School of Law on the topics of “Tenant Remedies when Landlord Defaults or in Other Actionable Circumstances” and on “Property Management and Leasing Agreements”
  • Moderator of the William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court meeting on Opening Statements