Overview

James H. Voelker is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Mr. Voelker concentrates his practice on representing business entities and financial institutions in connection with commercial finance transactions, including senior debt, real estate and construction financing, acquisition financing, asset-based lending, renewable energy royalty financing, structured financing and other forms of debt and equity financing. He also counsels clients on general corporate matters such as formation, mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Voelker has also provided pro bono representation for asylum seekers in their defense cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and for veterans in service-related disability appeals before the Board of Veterans' Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Voelker worked at a private law firm. Prior to practicing law, he was program coordinator for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In that capacity, he worked with industry representatives, manufacturers and local governments to develop and implement strategies for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from the trade and transportation sector. Mr. Voelker also served as a legislative aid for the Atlanta City Council, developing policy solutions for a wide range of environmental issues such as planning and development, land conservation and solid waste management.

Additionally, Mr. Voelker interned for the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. During law school, he served as the president of the Southern Methodist University International Law Review Association, overseeing the publication of The International Lawyer and The Law and Business Review of the Americas.

Experience

  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a $45 million mortgage loan secured by a portfolio of 10 industrial properties throughout the U.S.
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a $40 million construction and project development loan to finance the construction of a manufacturing facility in Tyler County, Texas
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a $16.5 million mortgage loan to finance capital improvements for the redevelopment of a mixed-used property in Orange County, California
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a $34 million mortgage loan to finance capital improvements for an office building in Portland, Oregon
  • Represented an institutional lender as local counsel in connection with the origination of a $123 million syndicated construction loan to finance the construction of a mixed-use hotel and condominium property in Austin, Texas
  • Represented an institutional lender as local counsel in connection with the origination of a $6.3 million syndicated credit facility to finance the acquisition of property in Austin, Texas
  • Represented an institutional lender as local counsel in connection with the origination of a $26.5 million syndicated credit facility secured by a multifamily property in Dallas
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $73.6 million syndicated credit facility secured by a portfolio of 17 industrial properties in Dallas
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of $12 million in mortgage loans secured by parking garages in Memphis, Tennessee, and Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a $45 million mortgage loan to finance capital improvements at a hotel property in Atlanta
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a $21 million mortgage loan to finance capital improvements at a mixed-use hotel and condominium property in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a $8.5 million mortgage loan secured by coal mines and related properties in Pennsylvania
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a multidraw acquisition and development credit facility secured by a planned residential development and Public Improvement District in Hays County, Texas

  • Represented an institutional lender as agent for a syndication group in connection with the origination of a $750 million credit facility to a national timeshare developer secured in part by inventory at resort properties throughout the U.S. and timeshare receivables
  • Represented an institutional lender as agent for a syndication group in connection with the origination of a $500 million cash flow credit facility to a national timeshare developer
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $100 million syndicated credit facility to a national timeshare developer secured by timeshare receivables
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $25 million credit facility to a national timeshare developer secured by unsold timeshare inventory
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $45 million credit facility secured by timeshare receivables and unsold timeshare points inventory
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $35 million credit facility secured in part by presale timeshare receivables

  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of an $85 million credit facility to finance the origination of commercial mortgage loans secured by hotel properties throughout the U.S.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $100 million revolving credit facility to finance the acquisition by an international private equity firm of distressed and performing commercial mortgage loans secured by commercial properties throughout the U.S.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of an $40 million credit facility to finance the origination of SBA 7(a) commercial mortgage loans secured by commercial properties throughout the U.S.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $50 million credit facility to finance the origination of commercial mortgage loans secured by residential investment properties throughout the U.S.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $50 million credit facility to finance the origination of commercial mortgage loans secured by assisted living and nursing home facilities throughout the U.S.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $25 million credit facility to finance the origination of commercial mortgage loans secured by commercial properties throughout the U.S.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $15 million multidraw term loan to finance the acquisition by an international private equity firm of distressed and performing commercial mortgage loans secured by commercial properties throughout the U.S.
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $29.6 million term loan to finance the acquisition by a national private equity firm of distressed and performing commercial mortgage loans secured by commercial properties throughout the U.S.

  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $67.5 million credit facility, secured in part by industrial properties in Minnesota, South Dakota and Tennessee
  • Represented a syndicate of European and Canadian institutional lenders as U.S. counsel in connection with the origination of a 400 million euros credit facility secured in part by U.S. assets, including industrial properties in California, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky
  • Represented a specialty lender in connection with the origination of a letter of credit facility and royalty license agreement to finance the development of a solar energy project in Cooke County, Texas
  • Represented a syndicate of Canadian institutional lenders as U.S. counsel in connection with the origination of a C$150 million acquisition credit facility secured in part by U.S. assets, including industrial properties in California, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with the origination of a $72.5 million acquisition credit facility, secured in part by aggregate mining properties in Texas and New Mexico

  • Represented a large New York-based private equity firm as issuer of more than $188.5 million in Class A and Class B notes in a securitization facility secured by timeshare receivables
  • Represented a large New York-based private equity firm as issuer of more than $172 million in Class A, Class B and Class C notes in a securitization facility secured by timeshare receivables

Credentials

Education
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Emory University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Memberships
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Bar Association: Section of Energy, Environment, and Resources
  • State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Honors & Awards
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship, 2009-2010
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship, 2009-2010
  • Order of the Coif

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