Jeffrey J. Lee

Jeffrey J. Lee


Jeff Lee is a real estate finance attorney based in Holland & Knight's Charlotte office. His practice focuses on negotiating and closing highly structured real estate financings.

Mr. Lee has a national real estate finance practice, managing commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) programs and balance sheet loans for international and domestic money center banks, investment banks and real estate investment trusts (REITs) in New York, Charlotte, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami. He has extensive experience in closing large commercial real estate loans involving subordinate debt and preferred equity.

Mr. Lee's recent representative engagements include:

  • represented a major German bank as their primary outside closing counsel for CMBS loans; developed for the client a new Sharia lending structure and the first Delaware Statutory Trust loan transaction to be successfully securitized
  • represented the largest commercial real estate master servicer in special servicing, assumption and defeasance matters
  • served as lender's counsel on loans of all property types including hotels, retail, multifamily, office, industrial and assisted living facilities; examples include the Hyatt Center in Chicago, Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, and large multifamily portfolios in New York City and Chicago, and portfolios of Walmart-anchored retail centers
  • represented numerous Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seller servicers in the origination and sale of multifamily loans
  • gained extensive workout experience as general counsel to a construction REIT
  • served as general counsel to one of the largest commercial mortgage banks with numerous lifeco correspondent relationships

Not yet admitted to North Carolina Bar; admitted to New Jersey Bar only and practicing under supervision of lawyers licensed to practice in North Carolina.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • Boston University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Charlotte Symphony, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2010-Present
  • 7th Street Public Market, Board of Directors
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2017-2019
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Finance, 2016-2019