Nathan J. Barber


Belin McCormick, P.C.
666 Walnut Street
Suite 2000
Des Moines, IA 50309

Tel: 515-283-4676


Nate concentrates on complex commercial real estate transactions related to the acquisition, development, financing, and disposition of apartment projects, retail shopping centers, industrial properties, hotels, and data centers.

Nate advises lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured lending, asset-based and real estate lending, project and acquisition financing, and letters of credit. His work includes loan workouts, Section 1031 exchanges, office and retail leases, and construction and permanent financing. He advises a wide array of clients in all aspects of commercial real estate and Article 9 secured lending.

Nate assists clients with office/warehouse buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, churches, hotels, telecommunication towers, and senior-assisted living residences. Nate is experienced in low-income housing and historical tax credit financing and development.

In addition to his transactional practice, Nate regularly advises creditors and debtors with regard to judicial and non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, UCC foreclosure, bankruptcy, and has extensive experience with loan restructuring, forbearance agreements, and loan modification agreements. Nate has been an adjunct professor at Grandview University and is the author of the Iowa Jurisdictional Summary, The Law of Distressed Real Estate (Westlaw/ Thompson 2012).

Nate is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and in 2021 was named Iowa Lawyer of the Year by U.S. News’ Best Lawyers for Real Estate.

Honors, Awards & Recognition
  • Member of American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Real Estate Law, Real Estate Litigation, and Corporate Law
  • 2022 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America®
  • 2023 Litigation-Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America®
  • 2023 Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners for Real Estate practice
  • Presenter, “Commercial Purchase Agreement Essentials,” Drake Law School, March 2022
  • Presenter, “Lease Gotchas,” Council International Shopping Centers, Des Moines, April, 2019
  • Presenter, Legislative Update, 2019 Commercial Real Estate Expo, September 2019
  • Author, Iowa Loan Drafting, Practical Law (Thomson Reuters 2019)
  • Presenter, “Westlakes v. Greenspon,” Iowa Title Guaranty Fall Conference (2018)
  • Presenter, “Land Subdivision Process” (National Business Institute 2018)
  • Presenter, “Purchase Agreement Essentials for Commercial Transactions,” Iowa Title Guaranty Fall Conference (2015)
  • Presenter, “Dodd Frank Mortgage Provisions (Part II)” (University of Iowa 2013)
  • Author, Iowa Jurisdictional Summary, “The Law of Distressed Property” (West Group 2012)
  • Presenter, “Dodd Frank Mortgage Provisions” (University of Iowa 2012)
  • Presenter, “Basics of Mechanics Liens” (Iowa Bar Association 2012)
  • Presenter, “Iowa Foreclosures and Workouts” (National Business Institute 2011, 2012, and 2015)
  • Presenter, “Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers” (National Business Institute 2007)
  • Presenter, “Advanced Zoning and Land Use in Iowa” (Lorman 2007)
  • Note, 23 Berkeley J. Employment and Labor Law 149 (2002)
Belin McCormick serves as real estate counsel for leading companies and developers with diverse real estate holdings throughout central Iowa. The Firm offers a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, development, financing and management of real estate.

Belin McCormick lawyers represent large and small developers, financial institutions, design professionals, contractors, owners, landlords and tenants on issues relating to all types of real estate, including office, retail, restaurant, industrial, multi-family residential and resort properties. Our firm’s attorneys also handle commercial and residential real estate litigation, including mortgage foreclosures.

Belin McCormick strives to provide the highest caliber legal services to businesses, public institutions, and individuals located in Iowa and across the nation. We offer legal services from highly educated, trained and experienced lawyers in multiple practice areas. Belin McCormick is wholly dedicated to serving the needs of our clients and assisting them in achieving their objectives.

Our corporate department represents business clients, large and small, in addressing every aspect of their needs for legal services, ranging from everyday problem-solving and advice to sophisticated organizational and transactional work. Our litigation department represents clients in state and federal court, in administrative agency actions, in alternative dispute resolution proceedings and in appeals. Our real estate department handles transactions and renders services from the routine to the complex.

Our lawyers include experts in employment law who represent clients on the employer side. Other lawyers have expertise and provide services in environmental law, banking, intellectual property law, tax, probate, estate planning, and attorney and judicial ethics. In appropriate cases, we take a multidisciplinary approach to assure that our services best meet the needs of our clients.

At Belin McCormick, we provide the highest caliber of legal services to business entities, public institutions and individuals based in Iowa and throughout the nation.  We provide complete legal services to businesses of all sizes in a broad range of industries, including numerous Fortune 500 companies.  In many instances, we have represented a client as they progressed from a family-owned startup to a major national business.