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Nathan J. Barber

Nate practices in the Firm’s real estate and commercial and secured lending groups.

Real Estate

Nate advises lenders and borrowers on commercial transactions including but not limited to secured and unsecured lending, asset-based and real estate lending, project and acquisition financing, and letters of credit. His work includes acquisitions and sales, 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 2015 he was named Iowa Lawyer of the Year by U.S. News’ Best Lawyers for Real Estate Litigation.

Honors and Accomplishments

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

2015 Litigation-Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America®

Recognized by Chambers and Partners for his Real Estate practice

Member of American College of Mortgage Attorneys

Admitted to Practice (State)

  • Iowa

Admitted to Practice (Federal)

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

Community & Professional Activities

Board of Directors, Downtown Community Alliance (Present)

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

Adjunct Professor, Grandview College (2007)

Publications and Presentations

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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