Justin Burns

Of Counsel

Justin Burns was born and raised in the farming communities of the Columbia River Basin in Oregon, where his father worked as a farm and ranch real estate appraiser and broker. So it’s not surprising that agricultural and real estate finance have become his default settings. In other words, he doesn’t have to start from square one when it comes to understanding the unique issues of and approaches to those areas of law.

After graduating from Oregon State University and receiving his law degree from Willamette University College of Law, Justin worked at firms in Pendleton and Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado before operating his own law firm. He now lives in Denver, Colorado and is licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.

Drawing on a lifetime of professional experience and personal knowledge, Justin continues to work almost exclusively in agricultural finance and real estate. He represents clients in a broad array of transactions including the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of agricultural operations of all sizes. His practice has included commercial transactions and occasional litigation in general real estate development and investment, tribal government relations, insurance, and other related areas.

Over the course of helping his wife raise their five young and active sons, Justin has developed some useful skills—lightning fast reflexes, uncanny peripheral vision, and the ability to concentrate in the presence of loud noises and unexpected flying objects—that also come in handy in the legal profession. During the rare interludes when he is not driving one or more of them to or from baseball practice, Justin likes to exercise outdoors in quiet and secluded locations.

Contact

  • Denver Office

    8181 East Tufts Ave. Suite 600
    Denver, Colorado 80237

  • Mobile: (541) 379.9236
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Representative Transactions

    Represented agent lenders in the diligence, documentation, and administration of syndicated operating, construction, letter of credit, swing line, and term loan facilities for various agricultural operations across the United States and Canada including

    • $226,000,000 operating, construction, and term loan facilities to northwest fruit producer
    • $225,000,000 operating and term loan facilities to northwest row crop producer
    • $165,000,000 operating, equipment, and term loan facilities to west coast manufacturer
    • $105,000,000 operating and term loan facilities to northwest fruit producer
    • $90,000,000 operating and term loan facilities to northwest cattle and row crop producer
    • $83,000,000 operating and construction loan facilities to western cattle, hay, and dairy producer
    • $80,000,000 operating and equipment loan facilities to northwest livestock producer and feeder
    • $75,000,000 term loan facility to southeast agricultural landowner
    • $70,000,000 operating and term loan facilities to western hay and cattle producer
    • $69,000,000 operating and term loan facilities to northwest commodity supplier
    • $65,000,000 term loan facilities to west coast fruit producer
    • $63,000,000 construction and term loan facilities to western cattle, hay, and dairy producer

    Represented syndicate lenders in diligence and documentation of syndicated loan facilities with respect to such lenders’ participation interests including

    • $215,000,000 operating and term loan facilities to west coast manufacturer
    • $125,000,000 operating, construction, and term loan facilities for landscape nursery operator

    Represented lenders in the diligence, documentation, and administration of non-syndicated operating, construction, letter of credit, and term loan facilities for various agricultural operations across the United States including

    • $71,000,000 operating and term facilities to northwest and midwest cattle producer
    • $63,000,000 term loan facilities for midwest agricultural landowner
    • $21,000,000 operating facility for southwest fruit producer
    • $16,000,000 operating and term loan facilities to northwest crop producer
    • $14,000,000 operating and term facilities to northwest fruit producer
    • $10,000,000 acquisition and term facilities for northwest crop producer
    • $7,000,000 operating and term facilities for midwest cattle producer

    Represented institutional buyers and equity fund investors in diligence, acquisition, leasing, and disposition of agricultural assets in the northwest including

    • $250,000,000 acquisition of multi-state agricultural land assemblage
    • $15,000,000 acquisition and lease of northwest fruit property
    • $7,000,000 acquisition and lease of northwest fruit property

    Represented foreign lenders with respect to perfection and enforceability of foreign security agreements including

    • Revisions to foreign loan documents for attachment on agricultural assets located in the United States
    • Perfection of foreign security interests on agricultural assets located in the United States

    Represented investors in debt and distressed debt acquisitions secured by assets throughout the United States including

    • $11,000,000 acquisition of real estate secured loan

    Represented northwest agricultural owners and producers in diligence, acquisition, leasing, and disposition of agricultural assets in the northwest including

    • Lease of 7,500 acre irrigated row crop farm
    • $5,000,000 acquisition of irrigated row crop farm
    • $2,500,000 acquisition or irrigated and dry land farm

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