Jeffrey S. Pitcher

Tel 602.798.5462
Fax 602.798.5595

Jeff S. Pitcher is Team Leader of Ballard Spahr's Commercial Loan Servicing and Distressed Real Estate Teams. Jeff focuses on distressed real estate and real estate development, finance, and leasing. He represents clients on a variety of distressed projects and also represents owners of master-planned and mixed-use developments, retail and office centers, multifamily developments, hotels, industrial properties, and other types of commercial real estate.

Jeff advises institutional lenders and special servicers on workouts and restructurings, and also represents investors in the purchase of distressed assets. He regularly advises clients on the acquisition, financing, and sale of commercial properties and in the negotiation and drafting of commercial and retail leases, guaranties, and related occupancy agreements for both landlord and tenant parties.

Representative Matters

  • Represents various loan servicers in the foreclosure, loan workout, receivership appointment, and disposition of more than $348 million in total loans, including loans for multifamily, resort, retail and mixed-use, and office properties throughout Arizona
  • Represents special servicers in loan workouts, mediation, loan sales, and foreclosure of residential properties in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah
  • Represents a commercial lender on a $50 million loan on a golf course and fractional-interest project
  • Represents a lender in the foreclosure of a $95 million resort
  • Represents lenders in their entire Arizona portfolio, including loan workouts, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, and foreclosure review

Professional Activities

State Bar of Arizona
Arizona Department of Real Estate, licensed instructor

Arizona Bankers Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, real estate law, 2013-2018

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

Board Memberships

Chairman, City of Mesa, Economic Development Advisory Board

Past Chairman, Mesa Public Schools, Planning and Boundary Design Committee

Speaking Engagements

Lecturer, Arizona Summit Law School, August 28, 2016

"Alternatives to Foreclosure," Commercial Real Estate Portfolio and CMBS Loan Workouts: Forbearance, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy webinar, Stafford, May 18, 2015

Closed-Session Discussion, The CRE Finance Council Roundtable, Phoenix, March 20, 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 23, 2014

"Workouts: The Dealmaker Panel," Forum on Distressed Residential Real Estate, Information Management Network, Miami Beach, March 18, 2008

Lecturer, Arizona School of Real Estate and Business, on various real estate, lending, and workout topics


Contributing author, Trigild Deskbook, a Guide to Receivership & Foreclosure, 4th Edition

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D. 1991)
Associate Editor, Brigham Young Journal of Public Law

University of Utah (B.A. 1988)