Mr Daniel Huffenus > Katten > Charlotte, United States > Lawyer Profile

SUITE 2900
CHARLOTTE, NC 28202-4213
United States
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Work Department

Real Estate


Daniel S. Huffenus is the managing partner of Katten’s Charlotte office and the head of the office’s Real Estate practice. Dan is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He is a Registered Foreign Lawyer and a non-practicing partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP. Dan has a nationwide, sophisticated commercial real estate finance practice. He represents real estate capital markets lenders in the origination of mortgage loans and is particularly knowledgeable in issues related to lending transactions involving commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).

Dan is well versed in issues involved in structuring CMBS loans. In addition, he advises servicers of commercial mortgage loans in a variety of areas, with a focus on the defeasance of securitized loans. His recent experience includes the modification and structuring of distressed commercial loans. 

He also represents real estate investors and developers in purchasing and selling real estate, forming development entities and negotiating financing documents. Chambers USA notes that Dan is “knowledgeable, thoughtful and negotiates very well. His understanding of real estate law and securitization makes him great with clients.”

Before practicing law, Dan worked as a senior consultant at a national real estate practice, where he assisted clients in a wide array of financial issues involving real estate debt and equity investments. After graduating law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Stewart G. Pollock of the New Jersey Supreme Court.


JD, New York University School of Law; MS, Columbia University; BA, Lafayette College; The London School of Economics and Political Science;

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

Katten has particular experience in advising providers of real estate capital, such as lenders, borrowers and investors, on financing transactions including mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions, construction, acquisition and pickup refinancing. Other areas of expertise include affordable housing transactions, CMBS and cross-border transactions. Washington DC-based affordable housing expert Kenneth Lore represented a Washington DC-area developer on the creation of a $260m immigration and customs enforcement headquarters in Prince George’s County, Maryland. New York-based Martin Siroka, who is ‘calm, thoughtful and knowledgeable’ advised Starrett City Associates on its $905m sale of Spring Creek Towers to Brooksville Company and Rockpoint Group. New York real estate co-head Andrew Jagoda acted as lead counsel to AIG on around 30 transactions in the past year, while Timothy Little, David Dlugie, Daniel Huffenus and Bruce Kosub are also key practitioners in New York, Chicago, Charlotte and Dallas respectively. The firm continues to represent Callahan Capital Properties, Sacramento Kings, The Blackstone Group, Bank of America, The Barack Obama Foundation and The Carlyle Group.