John practices in the areas of real estate and commercial litigation. His experience in these dual fields provides his clients with a rare perspective in dealing with complex real estate and business matters. Understanding the dynamics of litigation, and how it impacts his clients' business strategies, gives John the ability to draft transactional documents with an eye towards avoiding problems before they arise.
John chairs Morris James' Real Estate Group. In his real estate practice, he represents landowners and developers in the acquisition, improvement and financing of properties in Delaware, including hotels, medical and assisted living facilities, apartments, shopping centers and malls, restaurants, residential developments, schools, condominiums, warehouses and other industrial sites. He also assists clients with the review and negotiation of leases.
John's litigation practice involves a wide range of business, contract, and real property disputes. His experience includes cases dealing with land purchase and sale agreements, construction defects, leases, adverse possession of real property, zoning and deed restrictions, mortgage foreclosures, breach of fiduciary duties, non-compete agreements, employment and tenure disputes, and estate litigation. He is frequently called upon to assist clients of other members in the firm when they become involved in complex disputes involving their real estate or other commercial transactions. John also handles mechanic's lien actions. His experience as a certified mediator of the Delaware Superior Court gives John the additional insight to resolve his clients' disputes before they turn into costly litigation.
Acquisition, financing and development of apartments, assisted living facilities, medical complexes, condominiums, hotels, residential developments, restaurants, schools and shopping centers
Commercial - Industrial Realty Council of New Castle County
Committee of 100
Downtown Newark Partnership, Executive Board, Past Member
Downtown Newark Partnership, Parking Committee, Past Chairman
St. Philip's Lutheran Church, Past Board Member and Chairman
Delaware Business Litigation Report
Delaware Healthcare Industry Blog
Downtown Newark Partnership, Volunteer of the Year Award
News & Events
Real Estate Closing A-Z: Navigate Your Closings with ConfidenceJuly 19, 2010National Business Institute Seminar
News & Events
News & Media Mentions
Morris James to Sponsor the Wilmington and Southern Delaware Heart BallsFebruary 26, 2014
Morris James Launches Delaware's First Healthcare Industry BlogMay 15, 2013
Articles & Publications
Is It a Corporate Opportunity?: The Director's Duty to Inform the BoardWinter 1997ABA Section of Business Law Newsletter