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John chairs the firm’s Corporate and Tax practices

John represents executives, entrepreneurs, and investors in tax, transactional, capital raising, and business-related estate matters, with a focus on real estate industries.

John joined the firm after serving as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Law.

MATTERS

  • Counsel to U.S. regional homebuilder in $500 million sale to and joint venture with a publicly traded Japanese homebuilding company. 
  • Counsel in $680 million RIDEA joint venture with public REIT for the ownership, operation, and management of 36 senior housing communities in 12 states
  • Counsel to Florida licensee in regulated, vertically integrated medical agribusiness joint venture
  • Private developer’s counsel in relocation, public-private real estate co-development, and financing for Atlanta Braves spring training stadium and surrounding mixed use development
  • Counsel to off-site manufacturer in $100 million acquisition by a national public homebuilder
  • Negotiated $1.5 billion platform real estate joint venture and local partner joint ventures with global private equity firms
  • Negotiated global resolution of estate holding approximately 100 closely held business interests
  • Counsel to operating partner in $200 million land banking platform joint venture with private equity partner.
  • Negotiated $200 million joint venture with global private equity firm for acquisition of multi-state single-family residential development portfolio
  • Negotiated joint venture with national homebuilder for acquisition of 9,500-acre, 11,000-unit, mixed-used, multiphase development project site
  • Developer’s counsel in sale and tax deferred joint venture transactions with public REIT
  • Designed individualized estate plans for entrepreneurs and other high net worth individuals
  • Tax counsel in estate, gift, and income tax disputes, including valuation disputes, with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Obtained first-of-its-kind private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service approving a legal structure for independent “qualified intermediaries” in tax-deferred Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchange transactions
  • Tax counsel in $110 million multi-state, multi-property 1031 exchange

COMMUNITY

  • The Argus Foundation, Director and Past President
  • American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Sales, Exchanges, and Basis Committee
  • Continuing Professional Education Lectures— IRS, ABA Section of Taxation, FICPA
  • Florida Bar, Twelfth Circuit Grievance Committee, Former Chair
  • School Readiness Coalition of Sarasota County, Past Director

ACCOLADES

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Best Lawyers
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates Law selected by American Law Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2010-2022