Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Jill MacGregor Draffin, Partner

Jill MacGregor Draffin is partner-in-charge of our Irvine office and a member of our Real Estate Department, specializing in real estate finance and general real estate matters.  Ms. Draffin represents national and regional lenders, borrowers and developers in complex finance and general real estate matters affecting commercial and industrial properties, raw land, residential tracts and apartment complexes, mixed use developments, ground lease arrangements and public projects.

Ms. Draffin has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Orange County Bar Association | Banking and Lending Law and Real Estate Sections
  • Orange County Bar Association | Financial Practice Section Past President
  • Read OC | Volunteer Tutor

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Representation of institutional and private lenders and commercial borrowers on construction and permanent financings of commercial, office, retail, hotel and industrial properties, raw land, and multi-family and mixed use projects ranging in size from in excess of $150 million to under $5 million.
  • Negotiation and documentation of securitizations, syndications, loan sales and participations among lenders.
  • Representation of lenders in connection with workouts and foreclosures of commercial properties and large residential tract developments.
  • Counsel lenders and borrowers on mixed collateral, receivable, and other asset-based financings.
  • Representation of a municipality in the construction and operation of major sports facilities and long term management and lease arrangements with MLB and NHL franchises.
  • Representation of landowners, ground lessees and lenders in connection with ground leases for commercial and mixed use developments.
  • Representation of letter of credit issuer in $500 million multi-state bond financing for property portfolio.
  • Representation of buyers and sellers in commercial real estate acquisition transactions.

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