September 3, 2015
The American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) selected Polsinelli’s John P. McNearney as a Fellow to its prestigious industry group. Its mission is to improve and reform laws and procedures affecting real estate secured transactions as well as to provide the means to enhance the level of professional responsibility of lawyers practicing in the mortgage law industry.

“Its imperative attorneys remain ever vigilant in the highly regulated mortgage industry,” said McNearney, from his St. Louis office. “We owe it to our clients and our profession. I’m honored to be a part of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.”

Fellowship in the association is by nomination. The ACMA limits its membership to only the most distinguished practitioners in the field of mortgage law. McNearney is a member of Polsinelli’s national team of real estate attorneys. In particular, McNearney concentrates his practice on commercial and agribusiness finance and real estate transactions for various institutions, corporations and individuals. He has guided lending institutions in the origination, servicing and closing of billions of dollars in real estate and commercial loans involving farms, office buildings, shopping centers, apartment complexes, ranches, wineries, vineyards, timber operations, special-use facilities and businesses of all types.

Before returning to private practice, McNearney previously served as assistant counsel at General American Life Insurance Company. In addition, he formerly served as counsel and first vice president at First Nationwide Bank. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he was on the editorial board of the University Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.

In addition to the ACMA, McNearney is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has consecutively been selected for inclusion in the real estate law section of The Best Lawyers in America since 2005. He has also been ranked annually since 2008 in Chambers USA and in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers for his experience in real estate. In addition, McNearney is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and The Missouri Bar. McNearney is an active member of the St. Louis community, previously serving on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Life Skills Foundation for more than seven years.