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Jeffrey S. Scharff

Washington, DC Office

Jeffrey Scharff has 30 years of comprehensive real estate and structured finance experience representing a wide variety of institutional clients. His practice includes all aspects of acquisitions, including drafting and negotiating purchase agreements, loan documents (both conventional and tax-exempt bond financing) and partnership agreements with large national equity investors. Jeff has closed multifamily acquisitions totaling close to $20 billion representing one of the largest national multifamily operators. Jeff also has had significant experience in dealing with restructuring and disposition of distressed assets (mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, asset-backed securities and other asset types) including representation of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), lenders, underwriters and developers over the course of his career.

Jeff represents large national banks and pension funds on construction and permanent lending as well as equity investments. In addition to lending and acquisition work, he represents major national developers in large, complex tax-exempt bond and Liberty Bond financings. Jeff also has significant experience on commercial leasing matters representing both landlords and tenants on a wide range of leases, including headquarters leases, more traditional office leases and data-center leases.

Shown below is a selection of Jeffrey’s engagements.


Legal 500, 2016
Best Lawyers in America, 2019
October 2, 2013
Panelist | Navigating the CMBS Servicing World – Working Through Assumptions and Maturing Loans | Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington's 32nd Annual Fall Commercial Real Estate Finance Seminar & Networking Breakfast | Washington, DC
Jeffrey S. Scharff


  • JD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
  • BA, The State University of New York at Binghamton, with honors

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


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