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Don J. Halpern

Don Halpern

Don J. Halpern



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

Don’s practice concentrates 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 advises mortgage lenders and brokers, financial institutions, secondary market investors, servicers and subservicers, real estate brokers, homebuilders, appraisal management companies, title companies, technology service providers, and others in a wide range of legal and business matters. 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.

Don counsels the firm’s clients on a broad array of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, the sale and acquisition of mortgage loans and mortgage servicing rights, the preparation and analysis of warehouse and other credit facilities, capital raises, the structuring of joint ventures and other strategic alliances, servicing and subservicing arrangements, 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 other business arrangements for compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.

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 and acquisitions of companies and divisions; 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 funding and bulk bases
  • Mortgage broker and loan correspondent agreements
  • Warehouse financing arrangements, master repurchase agreements, and term loans and revolving credit facilities
  • Branch management and other executive employment agreements
  • Servicing and subservicing agreements
  • Digital mortgage solutions and other technology driven innovations
  • Software and other intellectual property license agreements
  • Arrangements for origination assistance services, contact processing and underwriting, and other outsourcing agreements
  • Affiliated business arrangements and other joint venture transactions
  • Determining the proper legal structure for start-up ventures, and preparing the documentation related to their organization and management, including shareholder and operating agreements


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


  • American Bar Association
  • Mortgage Bankers Association