John P. Jennings

Head of Real Estate, United States
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 7140
San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 7140
John P. Jennings

John P. Jennings

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John Jennings' practice focuses on commercial real estate matters and the negotiation of federal, state and local economic development incentives. A Partner in the San Antonio office, he represents clients in connection with all facets of the acquisition, disposition, financing, development, leasing and operation of all types of real property. Additionally, John's finance experience extends to the negotiation of credit facilities on behalf of both borrowers and lenders.

As a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, John routinely advises clients on land use and zoning matters, construction contracts and lien disputes. Additionally, he has extensive experience in loan workouts, foreclosures and the sale and purchase of distressed commercial paper and multi-jurisdictional 363 bankruptcy sales. 

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JD, cum laude, St. Mary's University School of Law, 2001
BS, Political Science, Texas A&M University, 1994

During law school, John was a senior associate editor of the St. Mary's Law Journal and a member of the Phi Delta Phi law fraternity. He was also admitted to the John M. Harlan Honor Society while at St. Mary's. He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2001.

  • Texas State Bar

John's recent projects include representation of clients in connection with matters concerning the: 

  • negotiation and drafting of economic incentives agreements with governmental entities, as well as planning, zoning, and general real estate matters concerning the construction of a manufacturing facility;
  • representation of both borrowers and lenders in all types of financing transactions, including senior secured and unsecured lending transactions
  • defending against disclosure of third party information pursuant to Public Information Act requests;
  • acquisition of golf courses and surrounding investment property;
  • acquisition of multi-family residential properties involving multi-tiered "debt/equity" financing structures;
  • negotiation and settlement of commercial development mechanic's and materialman's lien priority disputes;
  • sale and lease-back transactions involving single- and multi-tenant commercial properties;
  • negotiation of "stalking horse" asset purchase agreement in connection with 363 bankruptcy sale;
  • acquisition of distressed commercial paper and subsequent acquisition of real estate collateral through foreclosure;
  • acquisition of partially constructed multifamily and condominium projects through 363 bankruptcy sale;
  • representation of special servicers and borrowers in connection with workout / foreclosure of CMBS and GSE loans;
  • sale and purchase of agricultural processing plants and energy production plants in multi-jurisdictional transactions;
  • lease-revenue bond transactions involving the construction of public school educational facilities;
  • sale and purchase of ranch and farm land; and
  • commercial landlord-tenant disputes.
  • Top Attorneys – Real Estate, San Antonio Magazine, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2016 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers, 2022 – 2024
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, Real Estate, The Legal 500, 2014 2015, 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Real Estate, Thomson Reuters, 2013 2016
  • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2007  2011
  • Outstanding Lawyer, San Antonio Business Journal, 2014
  • "Working it Out," NSIDE Magazine, January 2010
  • Co-author: "Disclosure Reg Helps Individual Investors Play in the Big Leagues" San Antonio Business Journal, November 16, 2001
  • "Regulation FD: SEC Reestablishes Enforcement Capabilities over Selective Disclosure" 32 St. Mary's L.J. 543 2001
  • "Legislative Update – 81st Legislature," June 2009
  • "Legislative Update – 80th Legislature," San Antonio Real Estate Lawyers Discussion Group, June 2007
  • "Legislative Update – 79th Legislature," San Antonio Real Estate Lawyers Discussion Group, June 2005
  • "Choice of Entity," Firm client presentation, San Antonio, Texas, October 2002