John C. Condas, a partner in our Orange County office, has broad experience obtaining and defending all types of land use and environmental permits. He has assisted numerous land developers and industrial, multifamily, retail and office developers, and homebuilders in obtaining entitlements from federal, state, regional and local agencies. He has particular experience working with multiple species habitat plans, affordable housing regulations and the winding down of RDAs, and advises clients on the developing climate change and green building requirements they face.
John has led legal due diligence and entitlement teams for industrial, commercial, retail, multifamily and single-family residential projects in more than 200 jurisdictions and agencies. Over the past four years, he has provided entitlement due diligence and counseling for industrial and logistics projects totaling over 50 million square feet. He represented national, publicly traded and private home-building clients in acquiring more than 30,000 residential lots.
John is a member of the Board of Directors of Great Ajax Corp., a NYSE-traded REIT. He has taught real estate law at the USC Gould School of Law and taught real estate law for 15 years in the USC MBA and Master of Real Estate Development programs. He was the 2015 President of the NAIOP Inland Empire Chapter.
- National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Inland Empire Chapter President (2015), Legislative Affairs Committee
- Lusk Center for Real Estate, University of Southern California, member of Executive Committee
- Urban Land Institute
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
- Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers (2007 - 2013)
John received his J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law in 1988, his M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1985 and his A.B., with general honors, from the University of Chicago in 1983. He also advanced to candidacy to a Ph.D. in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at USC.