Barry Graynor is an attorney in the firm’s Commercial Lending, Structured Finance & Venture Debt Practice Group. He focuses his practice on secured lending and venture debt.  He also handles equipment leasing transactions, with an emphasis on the financing of shipping containers.

Mr. Graynor believes that client service is the number one priority – not just delivering an accurate work product that reflects the terms of the business deal but producing a document that reflects the specific needs of a particular client (or borrower).  Mr. Graynor enjoys problem solving; his goal is to close a transaction where both parties are satisfied with the result.  In one deal, the other side characterized him as a “happy warrior,” tough in negotiations but in a nice way.  In his free time, he enjoys taking day hikes, bicycling, and listening to classical music and opera. 


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1979, cum laude
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975, summa cum laude

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2008 for his work in the area of Equipment Finance Law
  • Member, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • James C. Hormel Philanthropist Award, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, 2008
  • Founders Award, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, 1993

Community Involvement

  • California Dictionary Project, Co-Founder, 2002-2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Corporate Finance, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1995-1997


Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • The Anti-Assignment Override Provisions – UCC 9406(d) and 9408(a), LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter, 2014
  • Lessors Beware, The Risk of Subleases, LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter, 2013
  • Subordination and Intercreditor Agreements, Commercial Finance Guide, LexisNexis®, 2012
  • “Credit Agreements” chapter included in Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements, Practising Law Institute, 2011
  • Lease Accounting, Financial and Other Covenants, LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter, 2011


    • The Nuts and Bolts of Secured Transactions Law, VLP Webinar, September 2017
    • UCC Security Interests in Payment Intangibles: Intercompany Loans, Debt Obligations and Promissory Notes, Strafford Publications, Inc., 2015
    • Secured Transactions, Barrister’s Club, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2013
    • Practicing as a Business Lawyer, Golden Gate School of Law, 2013
    • Legal Forum, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, 2012
    • Drafting Corporate Agreements, PLI, 2012