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  • State Bar of California 
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter
  • Orange County Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Common Interest Development Subsection of the California State Bar Real Property Law Section (Co-Chair)
About John  

John M. Leverett represents domestic and overseas real estate developers and builders in connection with the conception, planning, documentation, and regulatory approval of common-interest developments, including mixed-use urban developments with hospitality, residential, retail, and apartment components, urban high-rise and mid-rise condominium developments, age-qualified communities, master-planned developments, urban infill, adaptive re-use, live-work projects, and commercial/industrial projects throughout California.

Special Development Issues. Mr. Leverett has substantial experience with the unique governance and compliance issues encountered in hotel/retail/residential mixed-use developments (including the W Residences in Hollywood, 1111 Sunset in Los Angeles, and 8600 Wilshire and One Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills), age-qualified communities, development on former military bases (including San Francisco’s Treasure Island and the former MCAS Tustin), and residential re-use of former commercial/industrial sites (including Executive Park and Candlestick Point in San Francisco). Mr. Leverett also advises on environmental issues encountered in repurposing petroleum-producing lands for residential and commercial use, pre-acquisition due diligence on new and “broken” residential developments, and has represented foreclosing lenders and mortgage GSEs in connection with restarting the development and sale of lender REO projects, including sales to end-users.

Builder Risk Management. Mr. Leverett also regularly advises on construction defect risk management, structuring protective provisions and disclosures in governance and sales documents, and advises residential sales forces in connection with sales contracts, disclosure, and real estate licensing issues

Regulatory Compliance. As a member of the development team, Mr. Leverett brings significant experience with the requirements of governmental agencies, including the California Bureau of Real Estate, the California Coastal Commission, US Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, state and local health and environmental agencies, cities, and counties.

Residential Lending Approvals. Mr. Leverett regularly assists developers of residential projects in planning for and securing project approvals from FHA, VA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.



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