Robert Deal

Robert Deal


Robert Deal

Robert Deal has several years of experience with the firm representing owners, buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, developers and contractors in all types of commercial real estate and business transactions. His real estate practice focusses on preparation and negotiation of contracts for the acquisition, sale and/or exchange of property; the creation of condominiums, the preparation of easements, dedications and subdivisions; and the negotiation and drafting of commercial leases for various real estate asset types, including office, retail, restaurant and industrial uses. He also assists clients from a business perspective through the review and drafting of business contracts and the formation of entities that will best serve their legal and business needs by providing individualized attention and personal response to their requests and requirements.

Robert also has extensive experience in banking and finance law, representing several regional banks as well as developers, builders and real estate owners in all aspects of secured lending transactions, from the commitment letter, due diligence review, commercial loan documentation and negotiation, closing and post–closing requirements. He has been involved in a wide variety of finance transactions including real estate acquisition, construction and refinance loans, SBA loans, mezzanine and hard money loans, and loans secured by corporate assets, franchise licenses, ground leases and other collateral.

Robert understands the sensitivities and commercial realties of lending, borrowing and developing in today’s market. In the course of transactions such as loan purchases and indemnity-secured collateral, he has assisted clients in finding ways to limit the costs of a transaction for all of the parties, while maintaining the security of the loan and maximizing the benefit to his clients.

By focusing on the details of every transaction, Robert works hard for his clients to find creative solutions to structure and document commercial transactions that meet his client’s needs and to ensure that transactions proceed to closing in a manner that protects the client’s interests while doing so in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Robert earned his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University Honors College.

  • “Lender’s Counsel Approach to Troubled Loans” – Bankruptcy and Real Estate: The Current Issues (Virginia CLE, 2009)
  • “Top 5 Most Problematic Parts of Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements” (NBI, Inc., 2017)
  • Assisted client in disposition of $165 Million of commercial real estate in Northern Virginia
  • Papered and negotiated contracts for real estate assemblages, including mezzanine financing, for Virginia projects in excess of $80 million
  • Represented national and regional lenders and borrowers in acquisition, construction, term and revolving loan transactions of up to $80 million, secured by real estate, corporate assets, franchise licenses and other collateral, including all aspects of the loan, from drafting and negotiation of commitment letters and loan documents, through loan closing, post-closing analysis and lender compliance review
  • Reviewed due diligence materials for loans, leases, sales and acquisitions including organizational documents, title documents, leases, appraisals, insurance policies and surveys
  • Reviewed and drafted legal opinions for loan transactions, some for loans in excess of $100 million dollars
  • Drafted and negotiated office, retail, warehouse and residential lease agreements for landlords and tenants; negotiated solutions to defaulting leases to aid tenants in recovering while preserving the asset stream for the landlord
  • Developed firm opinion committee and regularly reviewed and drafted legal opinions for loan transactions
  • Virginia State Bar – Real Estate Section
  • ICSC
  • Virginia