John D’Amanda focuses his practice on commercial real estate, and has extensive experience in complex transactional work, such as acquisition work for REITs, and the acquisition and sale of office parks, retail establishments, and commercial properties for developers. John has a wide range of experience representing both landlords and tenants in the leasing of office, industrial, manufacturing properties. Development is a core part of his practice, having successfully represented developers of HUD financed assisted and senior living projects, residential and office condominium projects, and projects involving economic development incentives such as municipal grants, tax credits, and public finance (including work with IDAs and PILOT agreements).
John works on behalf of numerous lenders, and in particular with lending secured by real estate mortgages or deeds of trust. His expertise in secured lending includes foreclosures and workouts for commercial banks, as well as for special servicers in the foreclosure, modification and restructuring of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS).
John frequently integrates his practice with other departments at Nixon Peabody LLP, working closely with practice groups for Affordable Housing, Health Care, Zoning, Litigation, Public Finance, Environmental, Global Finance, and Construction.
His long time commitment to individuals and small enterprises, which John critically maintains in addition to his relationship with commercial clients, has led to several other areas of expertise, including, succession planning for families with land holdings, historical preservation law, and work for not-for-profits.
Based on the results of a peer-review survey, John has been recognized in 2011 by New York Super Lawyers magazine for his work in Real Estate law.