John F. D'Amanda

John D’Amanda focuses his practice on commercial real estate with senior experience advising developers, owners and financial institutions.

What do you focus on?

Development and leasing

I concentrate my practice in complex transactional work for owners and developers of a variety of assets, from office parks and retail establishments, to nursing homes and health care facilities, to HUD-financed developments, affordable housing, senior and assisted living projects, and projects involving economic development incentives such as tax credits and municipal grants. I also have a core leasing practice involving commercial, office, industrial and manufacturing properties. This variety of work lets me integrate my practice with others around the firm, and allows me to collaborate with the Affordable Housing, Health Care, Energy, Environmental, and Banking & Finance groups.

Real estate finance and workouts

I also represent lending institutions closing mortgages and deeds of trust as well as commercial banks and special servicers in foreclosures, modifications and restructuring of conventional mortgages and commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) in default.

Succession planning

Individuals and small enterprises are important economic drivers—and are among my most important clients. I help with succession planning for families with landholdings, historical preservation and nonprofits.

What do you see on the horizon?

Real estate companies are working with tight margins, and I see companies that quickly identify and act upon opportunities as pulling away from their competition. 


John F. D'Amanda



Phone: 585-263-1022

Fax: 866-514-4347

Whittier College School of Law, J.D.

Washington College, B.A.

Manchester College of Oxford University

New York

John was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Real Estate Law.

John is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Monroe County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

John has served or currently serves on numerous boards including EquiCenter, Inc., Rochester School for the Deaf, Landmark Society of Western New York, The Harley School, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Rochester Home Builders Association, George Eastman House Endowment Committee, the Memorial Art Gallery Averill Council, Pultneyville Fire District, and the Upstate Chapter of NAIOP, a national trade organization for commercial real estate.

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