James P. Cooke

Senior Counsel

cooke@ballardspahr.com
Tel 202.661.2273
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

James P. Cooke concentrates on real estate and secured financing, including multifamily housing transactions financed conventionally and with tax-exempt bonds, credit-enhanced bond financing, construction and portfolio lending, loan servicing, leasing, warehouse lending, and secured and unsecured corporate credits.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the permanent take-out lender for the multifamily portion of a $110 million restoration of a 32-acre historic landmark property in the Washington, D.C., suburbs; the multifamily portion was structured for affordability and included a transitional shelter for homeless men
  • Engaged by a national lender to standardize its construction loan documents and closing procedures for a CMBS take-out execution
  • Represented a government-sponsored enterprise in structuring and documenting a warehouse loan facility to be offered by a third-party financier to its program lenders
  • Represented a bank in its largest credit-enhanced financing in Washington, D.C., secured by the nonprofit borrower's D.C. real estate holdings and gross revenues
  • Represents on an ongoing basis Freddie Mac Seller/Servicers and Fannie Mae DUS Lenders in closing capital markets execution and portfolio loans throughout the United States, including seniors facilities and bond-enhanced properties
  • Represented the lending group in a $45 million multiple tranche loan, structured to take advantage of the New Markets Tax Credit Program to reposition an aging regional mall into a modern office/tech center
  • Represented the lender in a $38 million construction loan for the expansion of a multilevel garage facility constructed on federally leased land; the loan was unique in that no lien could be placed on the land or the ground lease

Speaking Engagements

Jim speaks frequently on the use of technology and data standards in real estate financing. He presented a white paper on e-mortgage technologies and a position paper on e-signatures in commercial finance at recent conferences of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D. 1981, cum laude)
Executive Editor, Southwestern Law Journal; Member, Order of the Coif

Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. 1977, with honors)

Cairn University (B.S. 1973, with honors)

District of Columbia

Texas (inactive)