John Thomas leads the Real Estate Practice, comprising more than 150 lawyers globally. He has a diverse transactional practice representing corporate clients in a variety of sophisticated business transactions. His practice includes real estate lending, development and acquisition, acting as corporate counsel to technology companies, general commercial contracting and asset acquisition and sale.

    John has extensive experience representing borrowers and lenders in corporate finance, commercial real estate, senior living facilities and international energy projects. He is recognized as a leader in the senior living finance industry, having represented lenders in more than one hundred financing transactions for senior living communities including acquisition and construction loans, tax-exempt bond financings, mezzanine loans and private placements of debt and equity. His finance experience includes significant loan restructuring work.

    In addition, John has significant experience in general corporate work representing technology companies, with special emphasis in the online advertising and open source software industries. His experience includes negotiating venture capital transactions, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate organizational matters.

    Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, John acted as general counsel for Artery Properties, Inc., and has worked in a non-legal capacity for Washington DC-area developers and managers of commercial real estate.

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    • Representing the lender group in a US$450 million financing of the acquisition of 21 continuing care retirement communities.
    • Representing a US-based company in its initial public offering on London’s Alternative Investment Market.
    • Representing an affiliated borrower group in the negotiation of a comprehensive debt restructuring of multiple credit facilities involving the creation of a shared collateral pool for the creditor group.
    • Representing a corporate client in the development of its regional headquarters building.


    • Georgetown University, J.D., 1986
    • Georgetown University, M.B.A., 1986
    • Georgetown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982


    • District of Columbia, 1992
    • Virginia, 1991
    • Florida, 1986

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    • Co-author, “Prepare for Fading Cooperation Between Lenders, Borrowers,” Bloomberg Law, May 6, 2020.
    • Co-author, “‘Death of Retail’ Rumors Overblown,” Commercial Property Executive, April 18, 2018.
    • Co-author, “Lessons Learned from the Natural Disasters of 2017,” Commercial Property Executive, January 3, 2018.
    • Author, “Real Estate’s Role in the Rise of iCities,” Commercial Property Executive, September 2017.

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