John Taylor is a commercial real estate attorney with more than 35 years of practice.  He focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate acquisition, financing, development, leasing, management, disposition, and dispute-resolution.  He also serves as outside general counsel to Tapestry Development Group, Inc.

After clerking for The Honorable Lewis R. Morgan of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for a year after law school, Mr. Taylor spent 23 years representing institutional owners, lenders, and users in commercial real estate transactions throughout the country. Clients included regional banks (which he also represented on asset-based and corporate loans), regional and national life insurance companies, timberland investment management organizations, developers, and high-wealth individuals. Property types included retail, multifamily (including low-income), office, industrial, hospitality, silvicultural and recreational.

Mr. Taylor had his own solo practice for nine years during which he continued his commercial real estate practice and expanded into real property dispute resolution.

Mr. Taylor serves as a third-party neutral to assist disputants and t...

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  • Representative Transactions


    • Represent purchaser of multifamily rental housing subject to project-based Section 8 contract for redevelopment, including consideration of mark-to-market debt restructuring
    • Represent nonprofit developer of transitional housing for homeless men, involving area churches and agencies of City of Atlanta and including HOME and other governmental funding
    • Represent nonprofit provider of supportive services to individuals aging out of foster care system to close land acquisition and tiered public financing
    • Represent condominium conversion developer to acquire historic property in Atlanta utilizing first and mezzanine financing to single-purpose, bankruptcy-remote entities to acquire taxable and tax-exempt bonds in default and accept deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure to enable termination of land use restriction agreement and conversion to condominium regime
    • Represent purchaser to acquire 150,000 acres of timberland in Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi and sell tracts to timberland investment management organization, conservation organization, and private purchaser
    • Represent last-mile delivery and logistics company to acquire warehouse leases throughout the United States
    • Represent national retailer to acquire (by purchase and ground lease) and develop sites throughout the eastern United States
    • Represent owner of 30,000 acres of rural land throughout the southeastern United States to modify debt
    • Represent local government to form land bank authority
    • Represent various churches to close construction and permanent loans
    • Represent servicer of bonds to work out defaulted loans to churches throughout the country
    • Represent franchisee of national restaurant franchise to buy, finance, lease, and sell restaurants in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina
    • Represent developer to acquire, redevelop, and lease downtown retail, restaurant, and entertainment district
    • Represent owner of former apartment tower in metro Atlanta to sell majority ownership in owner limited liability company
    • Represent regional bank to close multiple asset-based and corporate loans, some secured by commercial real estate assets
    • Represent out-of-state banks and borrowers as local Georgia counsel
    • Represent developer to convert apartment properties to condominium ownership
    • Represent international developer of solar energy production plants to acquire and develop Georgia property
    • Represent national insurance companies to close loans on regional malls in southeastern United States.
    • Represent prominent Atlanta company in 1031 exchange involving multiple relinquished properties
    • Represent developer to acquire highly contaminated site subject to EPA lien and, in coordination with environmental counsel, submit it to Georgia’s brownfields program prior to subsequent sale.
    • Represent developer to acquire downtown property from a downtown development authority for conversion to retail destination center, including preparing and negotiating leases, converting a building of the project to condominium ownership, and ultimate sale.
    • Represent developer to acquire an educational building from a church for condominium conversion; including coordinating subdivision, establishing cross-easements with remaining church property, obtaining title insurance coverage over possible claims to abandoned alley, and preparing long-term lease of parking area









University of Georgia, JD, 1984

Valdosta State College (now University) BA in Political Science, 1981

Prior Law Firm Experience

Hansell & Post

Jones Day

Carlton Fields

Practice Areas