John (Jack) EasterbrookAttorney
Jack Easterbrook represents lenders, businesses and individuals in matters concerning commercial debt financing, real estate transactions, loan workouts and liquidations, insolvency and creditor’s rights issues. His practice includes structuring and documenting complex loan transactions, including credit lines that are asset based and financings that are secured by real estate, intellectual property or business assets. Mr. Easterbrook also has extensive experience in loan workouts and dispute resolution, including litigation arising from loan transactions.
Mr. Easterbrook has been practicing law for over seventeen years, and prior to that was employed by Wells Fargo Bank for eleven years as a commercial, asset based and real estate lender, with management responsibility, as well as in credit administration. As a result of having revenue line responsibility and experience, Mr. Easterbrook’s approach to attacking and solving legal problems focuses on achieving sensible business solutions for clients. Jack Easterbrook’s experience includes:
- Negotiating, structuring and documenting loan transactions including financings secured by business assets, intellectual property, real property, or mixed collateral; this involves documenting entire transactions as well as augmenting or supplementing loan documents developed separately by a lender, to fit a particular transaction.
- Structuring complex debt transactions involving multiple parties including trusts and guarantors.
- Representing clients in the sale and assignment of loans, including loan participations.
- Negotiating problem loan, real estate, construction, and contract disputes; working with parties to develop strategies for addressing problem credit transactions and prepare forbearance agreements, loan modifications and loan restructurings.
- Representing creditors in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings to assert and protect rights, including obtaining relief from the automatic stay, developing cash collateral orders and other "first day" agreements, asserting lease rejection claims for landlords, defending preference claims, and litigating rights under security agreements.
- Addressing legal issues that arise in non-judicial foreclosures of real and personal property collateral, litigating judicial foreclosure actions, and working with title companies and trustees.
- Enforcing lender’s remedies, preparing and attacking pleadings in federal and state court; litigating lender liability claims.
- Pursuing provisional remedies including writs of attachment, writs of possession and appointment of receivers; conducting discovery, drafting motions and advocating orally on behalf of clients in court.
- Analyzing and taking action on matters arising under the Uniform Commercial Code involving the taking and perfecting of security interests, and protecting the rights of an owner or a lender in property held by vendors or third parties.
- Addressing issues arising with specialized collateral, including aircraft, vessels, and intellectual property; perfecting security interests in such collateral and facilitating its purchase and sale.
- Protecting rights with respect to negotiable instruments and bank payment systems.
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Michigan State University
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeCalifornia, 1994
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
State Bar of California
Member Since: 1994
- Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated 5.0 out of 5.0
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