Nathan J. Barber

Nate concentrates on complex commercial real estate transactions related to the acquisition, development, financing, and disposition of apartment projects, retail shopping centers, industrial properties, hotels, and data centers.

Real Estate & Secured Lending Corporate

Nate advises lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured lending, asset-based and real estate lending, project and acquisition financing, and letters of credit. His work includes loan workouts, Section 1031 exchanges, office and retail leases, and construction and permanent financing. He advises a wide array of clients in all aspects of commercial real estate and Article 9 secured lending.

Nate assists clients with office/warehouse buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, churches, hotels, telecommunication towers, and senior-assisted living residences. Nate is experienced in low-income housing and historical tax credit financing and development.

In addition to his transactional practice, Nate regularly advises creditors and debtors with regard to judicial and non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, UCC foreclosure, bankruptcy, and has extensive experience with loan restructuring, forbearance agreements, and loan modification agreements. Nate has been an adjunct professor at Grandview University and is the author of the Iowa Jurisdictional Summary, The Law of Distressed Real Estate (Westlaw/ Thompson 2012).

Nate is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and in 2021 was named Iowa Lawyer of the Year by U.S. News' Best Lawyers for Real Estate.

Honors and Accomplishments

Member of American College of Mortgage Attorneys

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Real Estate Law, Real Estate Litigation, and Corporate Law

2022 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America®

2023 Litigation-Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America®

2023 Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America®

Recognized by Chambers and Partners for Real Estate practice

Community & Professional Activities

Board of Directors, Downtown Community Alliance (2018-2020)

Board of Directors, Metro Arts Alliance (2010 to 2012)

Adjunct Professor, Grandview College (2007)

Publications and Presentations

Presenter, "Commercial Purchase Agreement Essentials," Drake Law School, March 2022

Presenter, "Lease Gotchas," Council International Shopping Centers, Des Moines, April, 2019 

Presenter, Legislative Update, 2019 Commercial Real Estate Expo, September 2019

Author, Iowa Loan Drafting, Practical Law (Thomson Reuters 2019)

Presenter, "Westlakes v. Greenspon," Iowa Title Guaranty Fall Conference (2018)

Presenter, "Land Subdivision Process" (National Business Institute 2018)

Presenter, "Purchase Agreement Essentials for Commercial Transactions," Iowa Title Guaranty Fall Conference (2015)

Presenter, "Dodd Frank Mortgage Provisions (Part II)" (University of Iowa 2013)

Author, Iowa Jurisdictional Summary, "The Law of Distressed Property" (West Group 2012)

Presenter, "Dodd Frank Mortgage Provisions" (University of Iowa 2012)

Presenter, "Basics of Mechanics Liens" (Iowa Bar Association 2012)

Presenter, "Iowa Foreclosures and Workouts" (National Business Institute 2011, 2012, and 2015)

Presenter, "Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers" (National Business Institute 2007)

Presenter, "Advanced Zoning and Land Use in Iowa" (Lorman 2007)

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