R.J. Carlson is a partner in the firm’s New York Global Finance practice. R.J. has represented issuers, underwriters and credit enhancement providers in a variety of structured finance transactions, encompassing both public and private offerings of securities in domestic and cross-border transactions. His experience also includes the representation of investment fund managers and financial institutions in connection with secured lending and other financing transactions, including repurchase agreements, forward agreements and warehouse lending facilities. R.J. regularly advises clients on the application of the Uniform Commercial Code to a broad range of financings. 

Recently, R.J. has represented underwriters in a number of auto loan, lease and floorplan securitizations, as well as equipment loan and lease securitizations. He has also recently represented issuers and underwriters in offerings of residential mortgage-backed securities and purchasers and sellers of residential mortgage loans. 

R.J. has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011–2017) and in Chambers Global (2013–2017) in the field of Capital Markets: Securitization, where sources describe him as someone who “really understands this industry and how to protect his clients,” and “praise him as ‘super knowledgeable and a super hard worker.’”  R.J. has been recognized in the 2014–2016 editions of the IFLR1000 as a “Leading Lawyer” in Structured Finance and Securitization in the United States. Additionally, R.J. is recommended in structured finance in The Legal 500 US 2014–2015.


Admissions & Certifications

  • New York



  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • Arizona State University (B.S., 1994)

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