John is principally a real estate lawyer, whose practice encompasses both transactions and litigation in a wide variety of settings. Transactional services include the full array of commercial real estate deals: development, purchase and sale, leasing, financing, condominiums, easements, and entity formation. In transactions, John takes special care to draft contracts in plain language. His litigation experience includes breach of contract, LLC member disputes, loan default, partition, construction defects, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction, adverse possession, and contested probate matters. In litigation, John strives to be cost-effective.
Many of John’s clients are owners and managers of commercial real estate, seeking advice about development of commercial property, leasing, condominium and property management, and related real estate services. John also advises banks and auto dealers, and frequently consults with the estate planning group on real estate matters. John previously practiced law in Chicago from 1991 to 2006.
Admitted to Practice
- Wisconsin State Courts
- Illinois State Courts
Community Involvement & Board Memberships
- Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, Inc., Pro Bono Legal Representation
- Urban League of Greater Madison, Inc., Pro Bono Legal Representation
- Legal Action of Wisconsin, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Pro Bono Legal Representation
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Lawyers Hotline Volunteer
- City of Madison Building Code, Fire Code, Conveyance Code & Licensing Appeals Board, Member
- State Bar of Wisconsin
Illinois State Bar Association
- J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1991
- Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
- B.B.A. in Finance, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1987
John’s Select Writing & Presentations
Municipal Law Newsletter | 02.06.20
Clients need to use or let others use real property in ways that occasionally defy easy characterization. Most everyone understands that if you want to occupy a suite in an office building for five years, you sign a “lease”; that you give an “easement” to the utility company to get service to your home; that you occupy a hotel room, parking ramp, or a college football game under a “license.” But what if a company needs its employees to park in its next-door neighbor’s parking lot?