November 11, 2014

Polsinelli welcomes experienced attorney Robert A. Barnes as counsel in its expanding national Real Estate Finance Practice. With more than 20 years of experience in legal and management roles with financial institutions, Barnes offers clients an in depth understanding of the intricate underwriting concerns as well as the legal issues presented in closing real estate finance transactions.

“I was attracted to Polsinelli’s national reputation in financial services and its commitment to client service,” said Barnes. “It’s also exciting to be a part of the recently established and growing Atlanta office. I look forward to the unique opportunity to collaborate with experienced real estate finance attorneys from Polsinelli offices across the country.”

Barnes’ practice includes representation of banks and CMBS lenders in the documentation and closing of commercial mortgage loans and other secured transactions, including construction and bridge financing, permanent loans on multi-family, retail, industrial, and hotel properties, and mezzanine and preferred equity investments.

 “Our specialty is legal problem solving grounded in a thorough knowledge of the business,” said Dan Flanigan, the firm’s Real Estate & Financial Services Department Chair. “Bob has been involved in shepherding thousands of loans through the closing process over his career. I can’t think of any lawyer who has more practical hands-on real estate finance knowledge ‘from the trenches’ than Bob. He has seen it all and, more importantly, done it all.” 

Barnes joins Polsinelli after serving as in-house counsel to Crédit Suisse. As general counsel for Column Financial, Inc (Crédit Suisse’s mortgage conduit lender), Barnes oversaw closing of over 3,000 loans totaling over $25 billion nationwide.

Barnes earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1983 and holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

Polsinelli opened 2014 with the addition of an Atlanta, Georgia office, ushering into the firm a group of highly experienced and well-known labor and employment and complex litigation attorneys from Rafuse Hill & Hodges LLP, a prominent local law firm. The addition of Atlanta expands the firm’s national footprint to currently 10 states and 19 cities.

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*Law360, March 2014