John M. Nolan

Shareholder; Chair, Real Estate Industry Group; Member of Board of Directors
500 Winstead Building
2728 N. Harwood Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214.745.5251 Direct
214.745.5390 Fax
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Since 1973, John Nolan has provided clients innovative legal and business solutions that efficiently and effectively deliver the desired results. John's broad-based real estate practice encompasses development, workouts, portfolio/equity investments and financing for clients located across the United States and for international companies investing in the United States. He is known for his thorough analysis and knowledge of complex business transactions. The combination of these skills with John's financial background enables him to quickly evaluate his clients' business objectives and create a team, or compile the necessary resources, to formulate and execute his clients' plans.

John is active in both the community and the real estate industry and shares his experience with others as a frequent writer and lecturer at business and legal seminars and presentations. His broad experience in all business cycles consistently delivers results that earn him a reputation as an innovative dealmaker.

John also serves as a member of Winstead's Board of Directors and is chairman of the firm's Real Estate Industry Group.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of developers in all types of developments, including apartments, retail, office, mixed-use developments and high density urban projects in all stages of development; the sale or syndication of improved projects (including off-balance-sheet vehicles); the negotiation and administration of land use, transportation, utility and regulatory matters; and the structuring and formation of all types of real estate entities including public/private arrangements
  • Representation of both developers and investors in conjunction with equity infusions, structuring equity vehicles and negotiation of documentation for equity vehicles
  • Representation of both lenders and borrowers in workouts of distressed projects and entities in crisis situations
  • Representation of both lenders and borrowers in conjunction with construction financing, mezzanine financing and permanent financing
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1973
  • District of Columbia, 1975
George Washington University Law School
  • LL.M., Taxation, 1976
University of Texas School of Law
  • J.D., 1973
University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., 1970
  • cum laude
Professional & Community Involvement
  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys
  • University of Texas (Keeton Fellow and Chancellor's Council Member; The Dean's Roundtable, The Littlefield Society)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Dallas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Dallas County Real Property Section
  • The Real Estate Council (former member of Board of Directors)
  • Salesmanship Club of Dallas (Board of Directors, Golf Board)
  • 2008 Byron Nelson Golf Championship (Chairman)
  • Cooper Center
  • Royal Oaks Country Club
  • Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
  • American Lung Association (former member of Board of Directors/Executive Committee)
Awards & Recognition
  • Nationally ranked by Chambers and Partners USA Guide: America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2014 (Real Estate)
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly, 2002-2013 (Real Estate)
  • Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers in America, 2007 (Real Estate)
Presentation Topics
  • Real Estate
  • Finance
  • Debt Restructure
  • Contracts
  • Development