Developers, corporations and other clients in the commercial real estate market seek out John Mallin to help them close on vital development, leasing or financing transactions. He was the first attorney in the state of Connecticut to apply a land-based Planned Unit Development under Connecticut’s Common Interest Ownership Act to help facilitate large-scale commercial and retail developments.
His experience with taxation, construction law and litigation informs his ability to structure development projects more efficiently to help clients maximize development capacity, ease the permitting and regulatory process, and achieve their financial and business objectives. He often finds strategic alternatives to realize these objectives such as identifying ways to reduce costs or restructure taxes with the relevant municipality. By examining a client’s expansion or redevelopment plans, John often sees opportunities for non-traditional real estate structures, thereby helping the client not only expedite a project to conclusion but to realize more development potential for the piece of land. By using concepts, such as the common interest community in the commercial and retail arenas, John can help owners stratify their interests to facilitate development and financing and transfer objectives.
Beyond his extensive real estate development experience, John has significant experience representing lenders and owners in real estate asset workouts and restructurings and representing owners in tax appeal matters. During the latter part of the 1980s and 1990s, John led a group of lawyers who represented several major insurers dealing with problem loan evaluations and restructurings and served as lead counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the Colonial Realty Company bankruptcy. He has also represented several lenders performing multi-state portfolio evaluations and transfers. In the real estate tax area, John has represented owners of properties ranging from big box stores to a nuclear power plant in successfully appealing real and personal property valuations.
Active in his community, John was a 2018 recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his volunteer service to support persons with developmental disabilities. He serves on the board of Horizons, Inc., which provides services and opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities. John was the founding president of the Connecticut Down Syndrome Association, an organization that has developed parent-to-parent relationships and support for almost four decades.