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Joseph C. Huntzicker

Co-Leader, Banking and Finance Group




University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2000

University of Michigan, B.A. 1996

Bar Admissions

Joseph Huntzicker practices in the areas of commercial real estate and secured lending.

From the acquisition and development of retail, office, hotel, residential, industrial and other kinds of real property to representing landlords, tenants and property managers in commercial leasing matters and representing owners in obtaining conventional and securitized financing, Joe has extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions and also advises clients on entity formation and governance matters. 

In the area of secured lending, Joe represents lenders in the negotiation, documentation and closing of commercial loans secured by real property and/or personal property, in addition to handling post-closing loan administration, loan modifications, restructurings, forbearances and workouts and all matters relating to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Whether it involves commercial real estate or secured lending, Joe is highly responsive to the firm’s clients and knows how to manage transactions to achieve timely and successful closings.

Representative Matters

Joe represents sellers, purchasers, owners, landlords and tenants in a broad array of commercial real estate transactions including purchase and sale documentation, 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.

He has worked on transactions involving many types of real property including office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, industrial and warehouse buildings, condominium projects, multi-family apartment projects and medical office buildings.

Joe also represents national, regional and community banks in all aspects of commercial loan transactions secured by real estate and/or personal property, including structure origination, performing due diligence, drafting and negotiating documentation and administration prior to and after closing. His real estate lending work includes acquisition, refinance, portfolio, site development and construction loans for shopping centers, office buildings, multi-family apartments, hotels and industrial, warehouse and medical office buildings. Joe handles personal property lending work involving revolving, term, equipment, acquisition and other loans and letters of credit. Joe has extensive experience with secured transactions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Joe represents lenders and borrowers in complex loan modifications, workouts, forbearances, deed-in-lieu of foreclosures and note purchase agreements and provides litigation support for enforcement of creditors' rights and bankruptcy matters.

In addition, Joe’s experience in business transactions includes advising and assisting clients on matters involving entity formation, governance, finance and general corporate matters.


Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2010-2012

Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year award, 2015

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Illinois

State Bar of California

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

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