Don J. Halpern

Don Halpern

Don J. Halpern



1300 19th Street NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20036-1609

Don’s practice focuses on transactional, corporate and related federal and state regulatory compliance matters involving real estate finance and mortgage banking in the primary and secondary markets. Don counsels the firm’s clients on a broad array of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, the purchase and sale of mortgage loans and mortgage servicing rights, the licensing of software and other technology, the preparation and analysis of warehouse and other credit facilities, the raising of capital through debt or equity issuances, the structuring of joint ventures and other strategic alliances, servicing and subservicing arrangements, homebuilder and real estate broker transactions, and vendor services relationships. He also regularly advises clients in all phases of their formation, operation, growth, sale and, if appropriate, dissolution. Importantly, Don analyzes all of these transactions and business arrangements for compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.

With over three decades in the legal profession as both in-house and outside counsel, Don uses his extensive experience in and thorough understanding of the financial services industry to assist the firm’s clients in developing innovative ways to accomplish their business goals and to successfully structure, negotiate and document a wide range of transactions that are essential to their development and growth.

Practice Areas


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1991
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1984


  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

Representative Matters

Representative matters include structuring, negotiating and documenting:

  • Mergers; asset and stock purchase and sale transactions; and branch, platform and whole company acquisitions and dispositions
  • Whole loan and mortgage servicing rights purchase and sale agreements on flow, concurrent and bulk bases
  • Loan correspondent and mortgage broker agreements
  • Software and other intellectual property license arrangements, including LOS, POS and similar arrangements
  • Warehouse financing arrangements, master repurchase agreements, and other credit facilities
  • Branch management and executive employment agreements
  • Servicing and subservicing arrangements
  • Digital mortgage solutions and other technology driven innovations
  • Origination assistance services, contract processing and underwriting, and other outsourcing arrangements
  • Affiliated business arrangements, joint venture transactions, and other referral source programs
  • Start-up ventures, and their organization, management and financing, including shareholder and operating agreements


  • Co-editor, Secondary Mortgage Market Guide (Juris Publishing)


  • American Bar Association
  • Mortgage Bankers Association