Dorothy E. Bolinsky



Dottie Bolinsky helps real estate clients turn opportunities into business assets through pragmatic transactional and project-development counsel. She develops and executes real estate strategies and advances client goals through commercial leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, operations, development and construction.

Dottie clerked for the Honorable Michael Patrick King, Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Real Estate Finance

Dottie represents both borrowers and lenders in real estate financing transactions, including construction loans, securitized financings, loan acquisitions and loan work-outs. She provides financing counsel for clients including private equity funds and financial institutions.

Real Estate Project Development

Dottie counsels clients in the project-development phase of real estate transactions, advises on appropriate entity formation and provides creative solutions on the path to project completion. She has helped clients develop office, retail, hotel, restaurant, residential, resort, industrial and warehouse facilities. Dottie enjoys projects that present uncommon challenges, such as her work completing a historic hotel development project, for which she guided the client through the intricacies of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Hospitality Business Operations

Prior to entering the legal profession, Dottie managed restaurant operations for several national corporations, and draws on this background to counsel hotels and restaurants on business operations and transactional issues, such as the transferring of liquor licenses, hotel brand transitions, hotel management agreements and franchise negotiations.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a large Canadian financial institution in connection with a mortgage loan secured by the Meadowlands Race Track.
  • Represented the lender in a $170 million financing of an integrated construction materials contractor involving 14 properties (mostly quarries) in several states.
  • As local counsel, represented a global real estate private equity fund in connection to its acquisition of a variety of hotel property portfolios in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • Represented a U.S. commercial bank in a $145 million financing of a privately owned company and a leader in the specialty or monolithic refractories industry. The financing involved 11 mortgaged properties in six states and Canada.
  • Represented the developers of a $100 million sustainable mixed-use community in the Bahamas, including applications for HUD, ISLRP and inter-state registrations.
  • Represented a regional banking corporation in connection with a $37.8 million refinancing involving two term loans, a line of credit, a construction loan, and the restructuring of existing debt secured by mortgages on five stores of a well-known New Jersey grocery chain. The transaction involved an interest rate swap. 
  • Represented a privately held spice company in its first-time purchase of an industrial building in Edison, NJ and associated financings.
  • Act as outside general counsel to the owners/operators of a group of private boutique hotels in New Jersey, representing them on a variety of real estate and business matters, including financing, leasing and construction contracting.
  • Act as outside lending counsel for various banks.


Bar Admissions

New Jersey


Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, Hon. Michael Patrick King, 1996-1997


Pennsylvania State University
B.S. magna cum laude (1991)

Rutgers School of Law - Camden
J.D. with high honors, Rutgers Law Journal (1996)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Executive Women of New Jersey — Secretary
  • Mercer County Bar Association — Former President
  • Mercer County Bar Foundation — Former Trustee and Secretary
  • New Jersey State Bar Association — Real Property, Probate, Trust and Land Use Law Sections
  • Princeton Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Salt Shaker Foundation, Inc. — Trustee

Firm Leadership

  • Office Leader, Princeton, 2020-23
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Regional Partner in Charge, Princeton 


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • NJ Biz — New Jersey’s 50 Women in Business, 2009
  • Executive Women of New Jersey — Salute of Policy Makers Honoree, 2016
  • New Jersey Law Journal — 40 Under Forty, 2007
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2006
  • New Jersey Magazine — Women of Influence in Real Estate, 2006
  • Mercer County Bar Association — Young Lawyer of the Year, 2004
  • New Jersey State Bar Association — Service to the Bar Award (Young Lawyer Division), 2004
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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