John is director of Sullivan's Real Estate Department. Experienced in all aspects of real estate law and transactions, his practice focuses on acquisitions, financings and development work. In particular, John represents REITs in the office, hotel and senior housing industries in connection with their acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of large portfolios and individual assets. In 2018, John has closed in excess of $1.2 billion in acquisitions on behalf of his REIT clients. John frequently advises foreign investors in the U.S. real estate markets. He also frequently represents borrows and lenders for senior housing projects. He is active in the legal community and co-chaired the Boston Bar Association’s Real Estate Finance Committee in 2004 and 2005. He also chaired the firm’s Hiring Committee.

Representative Client Work

  • Helped coordinate and close a $480 million acquisition involving approximately 180 individually-leased commercial and industrial properties in Hawaii
  • Represented a publicly held office REIT in the $125 million acquisition of an office building and garage located in Cleveland, Ohio which was partially subject to a ground lease and as part of a like-kind exchange
  • Represented a publicly held office REIT in the $53 million acquisition of an office building and mixed use development in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Represented a publicly held office REIT in the $52 million acquisition of an office building in Jacksonville, Florida and the assumption of existing debt on the property
  • Represented a publicly held hotel REIT in the $78 million acquisition of a multi-use development containing a "five star" hotel in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Represented a publicly held senior living facility REIT in the $63 million acquisition of eight senior living facilities in Indiana and the assumption of existing debt on the properties
  • Represented a publicly held senior living services provider in $44 million acquisition of seven senior living facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina out of bankruptcy

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Boston College

Community Engagement

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Real Estate Finance Committee, Boston Bar Association (2004, 2005)

Awards & Honors

  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2016-2017, 2019)
  • "New Leader," Banker & Tradesman (2009)
  • "Rising Star," Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005-2011)

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