Claudia L. Crocker

Attorney at Law

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Phone: (512) 327-4222
Fax: (512) 327-8846

Qualification Summary

Licensed in California in 1981. Licensed in Texas in 1982. Accomplished attorney with over twenty-five years experience in real estate law. Extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions and defeasance transactions.


1981


1975

Education

Juris Doctor
Loyola Law School - Los Angeles, CA (Law Review)

Bachelor of Political Science
University of Texas - Austin, TX

1987 - Present

Work Experience

Claudia Crocker, Attorney at Law (Owner/Attorney)
Represent borrowers in acquisitions, dispositions, and refinancing of income producing properties.

Significant Transactions Value
Deutsche Bank 50,000,000.00 line of credit
Credit Suisse First Boston $1,000,000,000.00 in loans
Fleet Bank (now Bank of America) Several $25,000,000.00 lines of credit and $50,000,000.00 line of credit
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Aggregate $50,000,000.00 in loans
Finova Financial Corporation $43,000,000.00 loan
Key Bank $20,000,000.00 in loans
Sun America Life Insurance Company $32,000,000.00 loan
Aetna Life Insurance $18,000,000.00 assumption loan
Bear Stearns $20,000,000.00 loan
GMAC $30,000,000.00 loan
American Mortgage Acceptance $21,000,000.00 loan
NRFC WA Holdings $15,000,000.00 loan
ARCAP Real Estate $17,000,000.00 in loans
Lincoln National Life Insurance Company $7,000,000.00 loan
AIG Annuity Insurance Company $20,000,000.00 loan
Hall Financial $19,000,000.00 loan
LNR $10,000,000.00 loan
  • Converted 178 Oak Lawn, Dallas Texas, multi-family units to condominiums; created and sold paper on secondary market for Mutual Trust of Canada.
  • Approved Attorney: Fannie Mae 2007
  • Approved Attorney: Oppenheimer Co. 1995
1981 - 1988
Law Firm – Grossman & David (Dallas, Texas)
A boutique real estate firm.
  • Lead attorney on major commercial real estate transactions for real estate developers, owners and investors.
  • Counsel for M&G Financial, in-house private lending institution.
  • Handled acquisitions of multiple hotels, resorts, office buildings and multi-family units.
  • Prepared all lender documentation for subsequent hypothecation.

1976 - 1978
Hughes & Luce (Dallas, Texas)
  • First paralegal in Texas; Trained at UCLA 1975; Reported directly to Thomas W. Luce, III.
  • Complex Litigation in SDNY against EDS Systems, Co-Counsel Kay Scholer.
  • Found breaking document amid hundreds of thousands of Discovery items.
  • Encouraged to attend law school by senior partners.

2000 - Present
1995
2004 & 2005
1989 - 1992

Community

Volunteer Legal Services Organization (Austin, TX)
Recipient: State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College
Recipient: Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award
Municipal Judge for City of Lago Vista, Texas

Recommendations & References

“Claudia Crocker has been our attorney since the RTC days in the early 90s. We have purchased over 10,000 units in the last 17 years. On one large transaction, I was down to 5:58 pm, about to lose a rate lock, when Claudia convinced a Wells Fargo employee/attorney to execute the requisite lockbox agreement. She saved the transaction, which funded one minute later. I cannot imagine a real estate deal without her.”

Steven S. Klein, CEO
Bridge Partners
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 312
Walnut Creek, California 94597
Phone: (925) 256-9448
klein@bridgepartners.com

“Claudia is friendly, competent and professional. I have worked with Claudia on numerous transactions over the past 8 years and she has established a fine balance between being an advocate for her clients and closing successful and mutually satisfactory transactions.”

Robert W. Russell
Managing Director
Wachovia Securities
Real Estate Capital Markets
375 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10152
Phone: (212) 214-8117
robert.russell@wachovia.com

“Claudia is unlike any other borrower counsel. She knows what it takes from our end to securitize a loan, but she always knows where she can push to get her client the best deal.”

Michael H. Peskowitz, Esq. (Counsel to Credit Suisse and Mortgage Lenders for CMBS Markets)
Partner
Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York 10019
Phone: (212) 839-5965
mpeskowitz@sidley.com

“Highly recommended for all facets of real estate ownership. Before Tenants-In-Common were approved on Wall Street, I was forced to walk a lender on a Friday because I had 2 Tenants-In-Common entities purchasing a large multi-family complex, and the lender could not wrap their heads around that structure. Claudia had a different lender in place 3 business days later and the deal funded on time....with a “verbal” appraisal. Unbelievable. Claudia also closed a large loan for us 6 days after 9/11.... one of the “first” out of New York. Claudia has established lasting business relationships with lenders, sellers, buyers, their counsels, surveyors, engineers, zoning consultants, and title companies across the nation. There is no transactional attorney like her. I am thrilled to have her on my team.”

Maxwell B. Drever
Concierge Asset Management
The Boathouse
2900 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
Phone: 415.789.1773
maxwell@drever.net

“Claudia Crocker handled our acquisition of a 5 pack multi national tenants office building with ease, and a few years later handled our disposition to 20 plus Tenants-In-Common and the defeasance of our loan with great competence. I highly recommend her as the premier real estate transactional attorney.”

Richard Topfer
Managing Director
Castletop Capital
3600 North Capital of Texas Hwy.
Building B, Suite 320
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-329-6600 Ext. 103
richard_topfer@castletopcapital.com

“Claudia is a pleasure to work with. Firm, but fun. She knows what lenders can do and what they cannot. That is what makes her a great lawyer.”

Louis F. Strawn, Shareholder
Winstead PC
5400 Renaissance Tower
1201 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75270
Phone: (214) 745-5435
lstrawn@winstead.com

“Commercial Defeasance has worked with Claudia Crocker as borrower’s counsel on seventeen defeasances over the past three years.  Claudia has closed defeasances with nearly every loan servicer and their outside counsel.  Her extensive experience has given Claudia a strong foundation of knowledge of the defeasance closing process, documentation and due diligence requirements.  We find Claudia to be very professional, responsive and attentive to her clients and regularly recommend her to borrowers defeasing loans in Texas.” 

Dawn M. Reinhardt
Commercial Defeasance, LLC
11121 Carmel Commons Blvd., Ste. 250
Charlotte, NC 28226
Phone: (704) 248-2605
dreinhardt@cdfllc.com

“Claudia has represented many of our clients. We have seen her name on many national deals. A real pleasure.” 

John Rhoades, Managing Director
Hendricks & Partners
2525 E Camelback Road, Suite 1150
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Phone: (602) 522-1429
jrhoades@hpapts.com

“I met Claudia Crocker on the other side of a large real estate transaction approximately five years ago and have used her as local counsel for the firm’s clients in Texas ever since.” 

James E. Vann, Esq.
Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
2311 Highland Avenue South
P. O. Box 55727
Birmingham, AL  35255
Phone: (205) 930-5484
jevann@sirote.com

“Claudia is kind, but firm. She will wring every last negotiating point out of you. We enjoy her and will miss her when she retires.” 

Nicole F. Norman, Esq.
Senior Vice President & Corporate Counsel
RockBridge Capital, LLC
4100 Regent Street, Suite G
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: (614) 246-2508
nfnorman@rockbridgecapital.com

“Claudia researches everything we buy across the states. She discovered the mortgage tax in Florida and Oklahoma and the transfer tax in Maryland long before we did. She handled a complex ground lease acquisition and finance at a US airport with ease for us. She's a valuable member of our team and a must on all acquisitions.”

Ken Beall
Acquisitions and Development
5 San Joaquin Plaza, Suite 320
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 718-6333
ken@dartbrook.com
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