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John Thomas


Squire Patton Boggs

Title: Partner

Presenter of “Build-to-Rent Boom,” AFIRE’s Podcast #79

Represented an offshore investor in the acquisition of a large data center and office complex

John Thomas leads the real estate practice, which is comprised more than 150 lawyers globally. He has a diverse practice representing developers, lenders, institutional investors and tenants in all varieties of real estate transactions. His practice includes real estate lending, the acquisition and sale of real estate, leasing, development and the negotiation of joint venture agreements.

Thomas is a leader in the senior living finance industry and has represented lenders, investors and developers in financing transactions for more than 200 senior living communities in matters 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 as both debtor and creditor counsel.

Thomas also has an active practice representing government entities and developers in the negotiation of public-private partnerships for the development of real estate assets, usually under a long-term ground lease, master lease or concession agreement.

Thomas’ clients include a number of offshore investors in US real estate, whom he represents in acquisitions, sales, financing and acting as investor partners in the development of a variety of real estate assets, including senior housing, office buildings, multifamily, student housing and data centers.

Selected Representative Transactions

  • Representing an offshore investor in the acquisition of a large data center and office complex leased solely by a credit tenant.
  • Representing a senior housing developer in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement with an institutional investor for the development of a series of communities.
  • Representing a regional transit authority in the RFP process, negotiation of ground leases and development agreements with private developers for transit-oriented development.

These are some of the reasons that we named Thomas to our Washington, DC grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 


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Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group. When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.