John Lewis has been practicing law for over thirty years and worked with a wide range of clients, from Fortune 50 businesses to non-profit institutions to individuals, in an equally wide range of transactions involving virtually all types of commercial real estate, including acquisition, disposition, development, finance, leasing and corporate transactions. His work in the retail field and in the representation of a nonprofit healthcare institution has also provided extensive involvement and expertise in urban and suburban mixed-use developments. John also has significant experience in the establishment and dissolution of joint ventures, the administration and dissolution of real estate investment trusts, loan workouts and foreclosures, the oversight of lender participation in borrower bankruptcy proceedings, and property administration and leasing, including retail, office, hotel, apartment and industrial sites. He has had the privilege to know, work with and learn from many fine colleagues, in small and mid-sized firms, and in-house at a major financial institution. He was a partner in two of the nation’s largest law firms.


  • Represented major retailers, developers and others  in acquisition and development of retail and mixed-use projects nationwide
  • Represented lenders and borrowers in financing of all types of commercial real estate projects nationwide
  • Represented landlords and tenants in negotiating commercial leases in retail, office, industrial and specialized commercial locations nationwide
  • Provided counsel in corporate law, business transactions and securities law, including the representation of clients engaging in private placements and public offerings of securities
  • Coordinated the successful industry support and negotiation of important California legislation regarding certain lender remedies
  • Coordinated the development of standardized documents for lending and property management functions
  • Provided review, analysis and counsel regarding real estate and loan assets of merging institutional investors, and rendered counsel in the application of investment laws regulating insurance companies


  • Webinar co-presenter, Special Purpose Entities in Real Estate Transactions: Structuring and Documentation (January 2017)
  • “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell



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Commercial Real Estate
Finance & Investment


  • University of Florida – Frederic G. Levin College of Law, J.D. 1979
  • Florida State University – B.S., Government, Economics 1977


  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Fellow
  • ICSC
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association