David L. Zive

Of Counsel

David L. Zive is a transactional finance attorney with over three decades of experience in real estate and commercial finance.

David focuses on commercial lending with an emphasis on loan originations, loan restructurings and distressed debt transactions, as well as creditors’ rights and enforcement matters. He represents creditors and borrowers at all stages of the credit life cycle of commercial loans, including construction loans, bridge loans, and permanent financings. He also counsels lenders, servicers and investors in connection with dispositions and acquisitions of distressed commercial loans.

He possess significant knowledge of structured finance, debt restructuring, asset management, and mergers and acquisitions. For 10 years, David was senior in-house attorney serving operational and leadership roles with one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations.


Representative Matters

  • Provided strategic business and legal advice to corporate, commercial, and real estate banking business partners in all aspects of commercial loan workouts, reorganizations, modifications, settlements, enforcements, and bankruptcies, including matter intake and triage, risk identification and management, action plan development and implementation, and documentation.
  • Provided strategic business and legal advice to capital markets business partners for the marketing and sale of over $3 billion in distressed and non-distressed commercial debt, advising on all aspects of commercial loan sale transactions.
  • Directed legal affairs of a $150 million distressed commercial loan and real estate portfolio, including due diligence, underwriting, acquisitions and dispositions, loan settlements, modifications and workouts, and enforcement, including receiverships and foreclosures.
  • Managed legal affairs of $1 billion commercial mortgage loan portfolio for a publicly traded REIT. Monitored compliance with state lender licensing requirements.

Professional Highlights

Board Memberships & Community Service

Brandeis University Alumni Admissions Council (1986-present)

Board of Directors, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Cherry Hill NJ (2009-2015)

Executive Board, Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ (2003-2009)

Board of Directors, Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ (1999-2006)



Emory University School of Law (J.D. 1989)

Brandeis University, (B.A. cum laude, 1986)