Legal Team

Our Legal Team

When seeking out any kind of professional service, it is always best to engage professionals who are specialists in their field. Our team of experienced attorneys and legal assistants specialize exclusively on representation of lenders in connection with commercial, multifamily and investor-owned real estate loan transactions. The Highland Law Corporation legal team is led by these senior attorneys.

GARY HIGHLAND

Senior Attorney and Founder

Gary Highland was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where he resided through his freshman year of college at the University of Illinois. Mr. Highland completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, where he received a B.A. degree in social sciences in 1976. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1979. While there, he served as Notes Editor for the Southern California Law Review.

Since graduating from law school, Gary Highland’s law practice has been focused exclusively on representation of lenders in commercial real estate finance transactions. Over the years he has represented many of the largest and most prestigious lending institutions in the United States.

Before founding LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation in 1997, Gary Highland was a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, a renowned law firm founded in 1873, with offices throughout the world. Mr. Highland was the senior partner in the real estate finance group of the firm’a Southern California offices.

Mr. Highland is a member of the Orange County and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of California, American Mensa and The Pacific Club. Gary Highland has resided in Newport Beach, California for many years, where he lives with his family including three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, movies, photography and cooking.

REN R HAYHURST

Senior Of Counsel

Ren R Hayhurst completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, where he received degrees (all magna cum laude) in Political Science, Psychology, and International Relations. Ren received his Juris Doctor degree (Order of the Coif) from the University of Utah in 1987. While there, Ren served as a Law Clerk for Justice Christine Durham, the Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. Ren also graduated from the Wharton Business School’s Executive Management and Executive Leadership programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Since graduating from law school, Ren’s law practice has focused on the representation of lenders in commercial structured finance transactions. Over the years, Ren has represented many of the nation’s most significant national banking associations, life insurance companies, and CMBS lenders. Ren has handled transactions in all 50 states and drafted many of the loan document forms still used by his clients.

Before joining Highland Law Corporation in 2019, Ren was a senior partner in the commercial finance group of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (“BCLP”), one of the largest international law firms, with offices around the world. During his 30 years at BCLP, Ren served in many management positions, including managing partner of the firm’s Southern California offices, coordinator of the firm’s Asia operations, and other various senior management positions.

Ren has taught multiple law and business classes at the University of California, Irvine, and is a frequent lecturer for law schools and other educational institutions, speaking on commercial financing issues, law firm management topics, and business development matters.

Ren has been married to his childhood sweetheart for over 34 years. They have 3 daughters.

RHILEY WALSH

Senior Associate

Rhiley Walsh graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she served as a staff member for the University of San Francisco Law Review. Rhiley won the CALI Award for the highest grade in Antitrust Law and IP Rights, she also competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and won the USF Law Moot Court Best Oral Argument Award.

Rhiley is also Associate General Counsel at LoanDocSolutions. Prior to joining LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation, Rhiley was a Banking & Finance attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she represented private equity firms, portfolio companies and corporate borrowers in connection with credit facilities, financings, and restructurings. Prior to that Rhiley was an associate attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, focusing on venture capital finance. As a law student, Rhiley interned at NBC Universal and Baker & McKenzie LLP’s Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam office.

Rhiley is a member of the State Bar of California and the Filipino Lawyers of Orange County. As a VA-accredited attorney, she has represented military veteran clients on a pro bono basis. Rhiley speaks fluent French and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.