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John’s clients value his 45+ years of experience working with real estate developers, owners, investors and lenders and educational institutions whose projects have helped shape Washington, DC’s historic skyline. His industry knowledge, trust by his peers in the legal community, and ability to understand and resolve all side’s problems while crafting a transaction that works for all stakeholders have made him a “go to” lawyer for complex commercial real estate transactions, including mixed-use projects, transit-oriented development, education facilities, office buildings, hotels and multifamily and affordable housing. He has extensive experience with ground leases involving both economic and policy issues and other types of public-private partnerships.

Having practiced through six recessions, John has extensive experience with non-performing and under-performing commercial real estate, workouts, foreclosures and other loan enforcement actions for lenders, investors and developers. His understanding of commercial real estate economics and regulatory requirements of financial institutions and ability to generate creative solutions have turned “head-on collisions” into “near misses.”


His experience includes 21 years of adjunct teaching JD and LLM commercial real estate courses at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Professional Memberships

American College of Real Estate Lawyers; Former Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee; DC, Maryland and American Bar Associations.