John P. McNearney

St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Real Estate
  • Development & Construction
  • Agribusiness Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.345.6415
Fax: 314.480.1505
University University of Virginia, B.A., 1979
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1983 Northwestern University Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Editorial Board
Admitted1983, Missouri; 1984, Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships
•American Agricultural Law Association
•American Bar Association; CLE Committee and Membership Committee; Real Estate Financing Group
•American College of Real Estate Lawyers; Capital Markets and Real Estate Finance Committee; Programs Committee; Bankruptcy Committee
•Illinois State Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar
•St. Louis Agribusiness Club


John is a member of Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness industry team and has built a career locally and nationally in commercial and agribusiness finance and real estate transactions for various institutions, corporations and individuals. He has guided lending institutions in the origination, servicing and closing of more than $10 billion in real estate and commercial loans involving farms, office buildings, shopping centers, apartment complexes, ranches, wineries, vineyards, timber operations and special-use facilities. He also is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a member of the American Agricultural Law Association. John's work has included:
•Representation of a family of life insurance companies in the origination and servicing of more than $5 billion in commercial, agricultural loans secured by properties in more than 30 states.
•Representation of an insurance company in the origination of more than 300 commercial mortgage loans secured by properties of all types from coast to coast.
•Representation of a national bank in the workout, foreclosure, disposition and resolution of a portfolio of delinquent commercial mortgage loans totaling more than $3 billion.

Before joining the firm in 1993, John was assistant counsel at General American Life Insurance Co. and counsel and rirst vice president at First Nationwide Bank.

Awards and Recognitions
•American College of Real Estate Lawyers, fellow, 2006-present
The Best Lawyers In America, Real Estate Law, 2005-2015
Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2008-2014
The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2012-2013
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 in St. Louis, 2008-2009; Real Estate Law, 2008-2014

Civic Involvement
•Forest Hills Country Club, Board of Directors, 2006-2010; Long Range Planning Committee, 2011-present
•Life Skills, Board of Directors, 2001-2008; Executive Committee, 2005-2008

•Represented life insurance company in its $35 million first lien term financing of a Florida citrus farm that featured an estate guarantee, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal crop insurance, an intercreditor agreement with the operating lender, and secured irrigation district water rights.
•Represented national agricultural lending company in the development of its master-credit agreement form documents for the origination of term, revolving, equipment, livestock, seed, construction and letter of credit facilities.
•Represented life insurance company in the origination of a $10 million mortgage loan to an open-ended investment fund secured by a 7,000-acre, irrigated, leased, cotton farm in Georgia.
•Counsel for life insurance company in $23 million financing for California vineyard and winery operator.
•Represented life insurance company in $14 million financing of grain mill operator with facilities in three states.
•Represented a regional bank in a $125 million syndicated, revolving financing of publicly traded company.
•Represented investment banking company in the resolution of a $55 million leasehold mortgage secured by an assisted-living facility.
•Advised a commercial bank in $35 million credit facility for seven ski resorts located in five states.
•Represented local bank in $25 million secured, revolving, and syndicated credit facility to residential development company.

Business Insights

Business Insights
6.09.14 2013 Amendments to UCC Article 9 - Lenders May Need To Take Action
Food & Agribusiness Blog
8.12.13 Banks Protected from Lawsuits Based on Oral or Unexecuted Commercial Credit Agreements
5.01.13 My Loan is Due, Now What do I Do?
Speaking Engagement Washington, D.C.
5.04.12 Next Generation Loan Documents: How Commercial Real Estate Loan Documentation is Changing to Reflect New Market Realities
Real Estate, Development & Construction Speaking Engagement New York, NY
4.20.12 Missouri Supreme Court Reaffirms Deficiency Judgment Measure
Real Estate, Development & Construction Alert
10.01.11 Real Estate Financing, MoBarCLE Publication, Real Estate Financing, Liens and Foreclosure
4.29.11 Acquisition of Distressed Debt, American Bar Association
Speaking Engagement Washington, D.C.
5.07.10 Distressed Assets and Financing in 2010, American Bar Association
Speaking Engagement Philadelphia, PA
4.29.10 How to Deal with Distressed Real Estate Assets: Legal, Marketing & Management Approaches
Real Estate, Development & Construction Seminar St. Louis, MO
11.03.09 New Federal Policy Statement on Prudent Commercial Real Estate Loan Workouts
Real Estate, Development & Construction Alert

In The News
10.24.14 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014 Names 83 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; Six Receive Top Honors
News Release
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
News Release
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
News Release
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
News Release
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
News Release
6.12.12 Husch Blackwell Receives Top Rankings from Chambers and Partners
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
News Release


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2013 Amendments to UCC Article 9 - Lenders May Need To Take Action
John P. McNearney, June 13, 2014
The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (“NCCUSL”) promulgated significant revisions to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) in 2010 (the “2010 Amendments”). Most of the states adopted those revisions in 2013 with an effective...

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John P. McNearney

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441


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