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Deborah L. Best

Deborah L. Best

Seattle, Washington

Debbie has more than 20 years of legal experience in commercial real estate. She is a member of the firm and leads the "loan team" at JBSL. The loan team prides itself on being experienced, effective, responsive and efficient. To this end Debbie has extensive experience representing a number of lenders who originate loans under the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily loan programs. Specifically, she has served as lender counsel on the origination of Fannie Mae conventional loans, Fannie Mae affordable loans, Freddie Mac conventional Loans, Freddie Mac affordable loans, supplemental loans, ARM loans, SARM loans, Arm loan conversions, tax exempt bond credit enhancements, taxable tails, small loans, assumptions, Choice Refinance, Manufactured Housing, Seniors Housing, fractured condominiums and reverse exchanges. She has closed hundreds of multifamily agency loans and has experience in all aspects of the loan process from the legal due diligence to loan document negotiation and documentation to the closing and delivery of the loans. Debbie participates in the Fannie Mae Legal Form and is a member of the Freddie Mac Legal Advisory Council.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Lending

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2001


  • University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington
    • J.D. cum laude - 1994
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Major: History

Representative Clients

  • Lenders
  • Commercial Landlords
  • Commercial Property Owners

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Seattle-King County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property Section, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Section, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Commercial Real Estate Women-Seattle, Member
  • Cornell Alumni Recruitment Committee, Member
  • Seattle-King County Bar Association, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Kitsap County Superior Court, Judge Leonard W. Costello, Judge Karlynn Haberly, Judge Jay B. Roof and Commissioner Thurman W. Lowans, Law Clerk, 1994 - 1995
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Office of General Counsel, Law Clerk, 1992 - 1994


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