Jonathan R. Harris: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Jonathan R. Harris

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Educational Institutions
  • Debt Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
University Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1972
Law SchoolNortheastern University, J.D., 1975
Admitted1975, Massachusetts


Boston Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers

BornNew York, N.Y., August 26, 1950

Jon has more than 37 years' experience in commercial lending, real estate finance and tax-exempt finance. His current practice includes representation of banks and other institutions in letter of credit and standby bond purchase transactions supporting variable rate demand bonds, direct purchases of tax-exempt issues and conventional loans to borrowers in the education, healthcare, social service, senior living and cultural institutions space. He represents a major for-profit New England developer and manager of assisted living facilities.

•Jon recently closed a complex financing for the expansion of a continuing care retirement community. This transaction required creativity to weave the new financing into the rights created by an existing long-term bond issue, a ground lease and other existing documentation.

•Working against a year-end deadline, Jon helped to shape and guide to fruition a major construction financing for a venerable Massachusetts museum.

•Jon has many years of experience in the national senior living arena. In that role, he travels to California, Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and other locations closing financings for independent living facilities, assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities.

•Recently, Jon represented the purchaser/borrower in a transaction involving the acquisition of a 168-unit independent living facility in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding and the financing of such purchase with a real estate investment trust. This transaction was notable in that it involved structuring for proposed future development while taking into account the rights of existing residents and state and local regulatory authorities.

Before Edwards Wildman

Jon practiced for 20 years with another Boston law firm, where he headed the bank lending group.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Jon remains particularly committed to the senior housing area. It is difficult to finance senior living project right now, but the demographics are compelling. Today's assisted living residents were most likely born in the 1930's. Imagine what happens when the baby boomers hit this marketplace!


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Jonathan R. Harris

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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