Jason Donkersley focuses his practice in the area of transactional real estate law. He has extensive experience in both the business and legal aspects of acquisition, disposition and development transactions; leasing; joint ventures and capital markets; lending and other finance transactions; construction and consulting contracts; and insurance and risk management. He has represented a broad range of clients including pension fund advisors, REITs, family offices and private investors, bridge lenders, borrowers, and national, regional and local developers and sponsors in a variety of sectors.
Prior to joining Berry Riddell, Donkersley served as Vice President – General Counsel for Evergreen Real Estate where he directed Evergreen’s real estate, capital, joint venture and construction transactions; provided strategic legal and business advice to management; and directed Evergreen’s insurance/risk management program. Donkersley launched and led Evergreen’s entry into the apartment development sector and over five years grew the platform in Arizona and Colorado to encompass 1,700+ units and over $250MM in development. Additionally, Donkersley was responsible for raising institutional equity (private equity/pension fund) in support of Evergreen’s development efforts, negotiating the terms and structuring the resulting joint ventures. In all of these roles, Donkersley acted in both legal and business capacities and is intimately familiar with the decision-making environment in which his clients operate.
Prior to joining Evergreen in 2006, Donkersley practiced with the Phoenix law firms of Mariscal, Weeks, McIntyre & Friedlander (now Dickinson Wright), and Meyers Taber & Meyers.
Donkersley is a member of the Arizona State University (W.P. Carey) Real Estate Council; Urban Land Institute (ULI), NAIOP, and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), where he served four terms as the Arizona Chairman for Government Relations. He is a past member of Fighter Country Partnership, a former Honorary Commander of the 308th Fighter Squadron and an alumnus of the US Air Force National Security Forum. He served as a Director of the Arcadia Little League; Director, Vice President and President of the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League, and founder and Director of the Phoenix Lacrosse Club. Donkersley is a former Yellow Jacket member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee. Donkersley is a member of the Arizona State Bar, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona in by AZ Business Magazine in 2018.
Donkersley received a B.S. from Arizona State University in 1992 and a J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1995.
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