Timothy A. Stafford
Partner | New York
Timothy A. Stafford

Timothy A. Stafford, a partner in Dechert's global finance practices, focuses his practice on complex real estate finance transactions, including construction, permanent and mezzanine lending, commercial mortgage securitization, subordinate real estate debt sales and purchases, and resolutions of distressed real estate debt. Mr. Stafford's practice also encompasses acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties, commercial leasing, and joint venture transactions. 

Mr. Stafford is recognized for real estate finance by The Legal 500 US. Mr. Stafford has consistently been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America since 2009 for his work in real estate law. He has also been included in the Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers.

Mr. Stafford was a principal draftsman of the form of mezzanine loan intercreditor agreement published in CMBS World, which has become widely used in real estate capital markets transactions. He has also written numerous articles on various topics relating to complex real estate finance structures.

  • The Ties That Bind: Distressed Debt in a Structured World — Dechert LLP, New York, NY (May 8, 2023)
  • CMBS Roundtable: Structural and Legal Issues — Standard & Poor's, (December 13, 2011)
  • Mezzanine Financing: Bridging the Gap in Loan Refinancings - Dechert Webinar (April 28, 2010) 
  • Special Property Types and Loan Structures — Mortgage Bankers Association Real Estate Finance/ Multi-family Asset Administration and Technology, New Orleans, LA (June 19, 2003)
  • Bridging the Gap: Servicing and Surveillance — Standard & Poor's Global Real Estate Group, New York, NY (November 19, 2002)
    • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 1978, summa cum laude
    • University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, M.A., 1980
    • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 1983
    • New York
    • CRE Finance Council (CREFC)
    • Mortgage Bankers Association