David W. Forti, a partner in Dechert's global finance practice, focuses his practice in the areas of real estate finance and securitization. Mr. Forti represents various lenders, issuers, funds, b-piece buyers, master servicers and special servicers in transactions involving loan origination, mezzanine financing, loan sales and purchases, preferred equity transactions, CMBS securitization, post-closing modifications, work-outs and foreclosures.

Mr. Forti is consistently recognized as a leading real estate lawyer by legal referral guide Chambers USA, which, in its most recent edition, cited him as being a “terrific lawyer who is smart, cooperative and someone who works really hard for his clients.” He is also included in The Legal 500 (U.S.), the Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. In 2017, Mr. Forti was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal in its inaugural Best of the Bar Awards.


University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1992, cum laude

University of Pittsburgh, MBA, 1995

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1995, magna cum laude, editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law

Review and the Journal of Law and Commerce, and a member of the Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions/Qualifications


New York

Memberships and Professional Activities

  • Active in the CRE Finance Council (CREFC) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and has served on numerous CREFC and MBA committees
  • Regular author and speaker on a wide range of issues relating to commercial real estate finance and securitization

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