John H. Sokul, Jr.

New Hampshire

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
650 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
United States

Tel: 603-545-6132


John H. Sokul’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, zoning and land use. He represents owners, developers, retailers and investors in the acquisition, permitting, development, financing, leasing and operations of commercial properties and shopping centers throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Mr. Sokul regularly appears before planning and zoning boards and other regulatory agencies in connection with commercial and residential real estate projects. He has handled numerous complex matters involving the intersection of real estate and municipal law, including public-private partnerships, development agreements, impact fees, tax abatements, betterment assessments and exactions. Mr. Sokul also has significant experience in negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, leases, development agreements, restrictive covenants and related documents for complex commercial real estate transactions.

As a leading real estate attorney in New Hampshire and throughout New England, John’s strength and talent is explaining complex legal concepts in clear and understandable terms to both the clients he represents and the regulatory agencies he appears before. John is always well prepared and direct, an approach that makes him convincing, credible and likeable. Whether drafting documents, or verbally presenting, John’s candid and pragmatic advice is complimented by his persistent, patient and fair style.

John’s real-life experience and natural instincts support his solid legal acumen. He knows how critical it is to understand both sides of a matter, and how to uncover true motivations, when formulating effective negotiation strategies.

John’s creativity and results-oriented nature extends beyond solving legal issues. He encourages efficiency in all matters and routinely looks for the realistic opportunities available to his clients. He prefers to stand shoulder to shoulder with his clients as they tackle legal matters together, many of whom have worked with him for almost twenty-five years. John is a fierce and effective advocate, and his success is partly attributed to the fact that he explores pricing arrangements that align his work with his client’s interests and success. John’s winning combination of practicality, insight, frankness and loyalty continually distinguish him from among his peers.

He is a long-term member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, where he serves on the Planning Committee for the Annual New England Idea Exchange. He is also a Member of the prestigious international Counselors of Real Estate. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross, and his J.D. degree, with highest honors, from Duke University School of Law. Mr. Sokul is a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bar Associations.

Our team of real estate attorneys and paralegals is nationally recognized for superior quality work and the ability to complete even the most complex transactions on-time and within budget. Recognized as one of the nation’s top real estate law firms, our attorneys have also been honored by organizations including Chambers & PartnersSuper Lawyers, and Best Lawyers®. We offer a full spectrum of services related to commercial real estate including, transactional, leasing, financing, development, mixed-use and warehouse & distribution needs.

Because we represent developers, corporations, pension funds, investment funds, health care and educational institutions, insurers, restaurants, hotels—landlords and tenants—lenders, and borrowers, we have a deep appreciation for the priorities of all parties in a real estate transaction. Over time, this perspective has given us an ability to efficiently negotiate and close some of the region’s largest and most complex real estate transactions. We represent everyone from local clients to FORTUNE 500® companies with real estate projects throughout the country.

Hinckley Allen provides a full range of legal services and pragmatic business advice to clients.

With practices including Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate, and Trusts & Estates, and our longstanding reputation for creating lasting, meaningful business relationships, we are more than just a law firm. We are a law firm that truly and fully engages with our clients.

We are dedicated to delivering strong, consistent high-quality results. By focusing on operational excellence, we seek to optimize our value to clients by being effective, efficient, organized, and communicative.

Striking the right balance in assigning resources to legal projects can be complex. To help optimize our value as a firm, and foster a true sense of partnership, we have invested heavily in systems that structure teams and assign resources with maximum proficiency.