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Joseph C. Huntzicker

Deputy Group Leader, Banking and Finance




University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Joe Huntzicker represents institutional real estate lenders on a national basis in a variety of complex lending matters including acquisition, development, construction and ground lease financings, as well as private placement tax-exempt bond financings, letter of credit-backed bond financings and asset-based lending. In addition to single lender financings, he has significant experience as counsel to the administrative agent and lead bank in syndicated loans involving many types of real property including office buildings, hotels, retail, industrial and warehouse buildings, student housing, condominium projects, multi-family apartment projects, medical office buildings and entertainment venues.

Joe's experience spans all financing phases, from negotiation, documentation and closing of commercial loans secured by real property and/or personal property to handling post-closing loan administration, loan modifications and restructurings, and all matters relating to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He represents lenders and borrowers in complex workouts, forbearances, deed-in-lieu of foreclosures and note purchase agreements and provides litigation support for enforcement of creditors' rights and bankruptcy matters.

Joe also represents sellers, purchasers, owners, landlords and tenants in a broad array of commercial real estate transactions including purchase and sales, development projects, easement agreements, office and retail leases and subleases, letters of intent, management agreements, construction and architect agreements, escrow agreements, title and survey matters and related due diligence. 

Joe is known for his knowledge of the financing and real estate industries. He is highly responsive to the firm's clients and knows how to manage transactions to achieve timely and successful outcomes.

Representative Matters


Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2023-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Banking & Financial Service Law, 2020-present

Finance Monthly Magazine, Deal Maker of the Year, 2015

Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2012

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Illinois

State Bar of California

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association, Volunteer Coach, 2016-present

St. Matthias Elementary School, Volunteer Coach, 2011-2012

St. Matthias Parish Transformation Project Committee, 2007, 2012

Chicago Blues Youth Hockey Association, Volunteer Coach, 2002-2004


"Commercial Purchase Agreements," State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section 2014 Groundbreaker Roundtable, Birmingham, MI, October 16, 2014

"Construction Loan Agreements - Lender's View," State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section 2013 Groundbreaker Roundtable, Birmingham, MI, October 24, 2013