John T. Grieb


McGuireWoods LLP
1230 Peachtree St NE
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309

Tel: +1 404 443 5762


John served as the chair of the firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Department for ten years. He practices in the area of commercial real estate, real estate finance, joint ventures and corporate transactions.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he was actively involved in real estate development in Palm Beach County, Florida. During his real estate career he became experienced in nearly all aspects of real estate development, including site acquisitions, construction, financing, leasing, management, marketing and disposition of commercial and industrial properties both as asset manager for a Florida developer and as president of his own company.

His practical business experience has given him valuable insight and perspective into clients’ objectives and needs. He primarily represents clients engaged in the development, acquisition, leasing, management and financing of office, multifamily and retail properties across the United States. In connection with his representation, he has been involved with numerous large multisite and multistate property acquisitions, sales, financings and joint ventures. He has also represented real estate brokerage companies and a real estate investment advisory company in connection with regulatory and other issues unique to these portions of the real estate industry. He has experience with the negotiation and formation of partnerships and limited liability companies formed as joint ventures engaged in the ownership, development and operation of real estate projects.

At Northern Illinois University College of Law, John was a member of the national moot court team and the executive moot court board from 1993 to 1994. He served as student editor and research assistant to Daniel M. Schneider for Taxation of Dividends and Corporate Distributions at publisher Warren, Gorham & Lamont. He also presented the valedictory address during his law school commencement ceremonies.

  • Representation of national real estate company in the acquisition and disposition of several multi-state and multi-jurisdictional multi-family projects.
  • Representation of institutional real estate company in the negotiation and formation of real estate joint venture with a state pension fund.
  • Representation of private equity group in the acquisition of multi-site, multi-jurisdictional portfolio of real estate properties, and negotiation and completion of sale leaseback transactions.
  • Representation of Atlanta based real estate fund on the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of retail shopping centers.
  • Representation of institutional real estate owner in the leasing and management of Class A office portfolio.
  • Representation of public real estate company in the disposition of multi-jurisdictional office portfolio.

Together, we can build the future, restore and enhance property values, and ensure a healthy return on your real estate investment. Whether you are a Fortune 100 company interested in overseas property, or a nonprofit or commercial developer, investor, buyer or seller in our local community, our lawyers have the expertise to assist you at every stage of the real estate development process, from due diligence at the outset of a project, to deal closing and beyond.

If there’s a government or public relations hiccup in the process, we can call on our public affairs subsidiary, McGuireWoods Consulting, to leverage strong connections at every level of government, prevent or minimize damage to your reputation, and help you regain control of public messaging. Our tax lawyers and public affairs consultants can help you identify incentives and develop public-private partnerships to fund infrastructure and large-scale real estate development projects. And, should a legal conflict arise during any stage of the process, our seasoned litigators can defend your interests and keep you on track to meeting your business goals.

Ideally positioned and experienced for the challenges of today’s real estate market, our lawyers are well-prepared to address all issues of environmental regulation and permitting – a growing concern as a shortage of strategic property leads developers to reclaim and redevelop attractively located properties once considered too challenging. We also offer unique skills and experience in the area of green building and sustainability – an expertise that differentiates McGuireWoods from our competitors.

McGuireWoods is a full-service firm providing legal and public affairs solutions to corporate, individual and nonprofit clients worldwide for more than 200 years collectively. Our commitment to excellence in everything we do gives our clients a competitive edge in everything they do.

Our law firm, over its 189-year history, has earned the loyalty of our many longstanding clients with deep understanding of their businesses, and broad skills in corporate transactions, high-stakes disputes, and complex regulatory and compliance matters. Our wholly-owned affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting, now in its 25th year, provides a unique — and uniquely potent — combination of state and federal government relations prowess, buttressed by world-class infrastructure, economic development, and advocacy expertise.

Working together from 24 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting share a dedication to diverse perspectives, impeccable service, and innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions.

It all adds up to excellence . . . for our clients.

John Grieb provides comprehensive real estate advice to investors and other clients active in the real estate sector.”
Chambers & Partners