Joanna Slusarz Debski is a partner in Herrick’s Real Estate Department, one of the largest in the New York City metropolitan area. Joanna focuses her practice on the structuring, negotiating and documenting of real estate finance transactions, including construction lending and asset-based lending. She also handles sales, acquisitions and leasing of various types of commercial properties throughout the United States.
Joanna works with Herrick’s lender and borrower clients, from individuals to hard-money lenders to large national banks, as they work to efficiently and swiftly close transactions that further their business interests. She regularly drafts and negotiates complex loan agreements and ancillary loan documents, and reviews organizational documents, leases and other due diligence as part of their commercial real estate closings.
Joanna is also strongly committed to pro bono legal work. Most recently, after an almost five year process, she was able to assist a Mexican national and her two foreign born children in securing a U Visa, a special visa available only to victims of specific crime who cooperate with law enforcement.
Joanna was recognized as one Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch since 2023 in the area of Real Estate Law. Additionally, Joanna was named one of Real Estate Weekly's "Rising Stars," for 2020. This listing focuses on up-and-coming professionals across all areas of real estate.