John R. Mallin


CityPlace I
185 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103

John Mallin is a partner in the firm's Real Estate practice group. During his career, John has been involved in all aspects of real estate development and financing transactions. His real estate perspective combines with a background in taxation, construction law and litigation, enabling him to format development projects in ways that are more efficient for development while achieving the client's financial and business objectives. Depending upon the nature of the project, John has been able to suggest alternatives that maximize development capacity, ease the permitting/regulatory process and expeditiously achieve financing objectives.

Because of experience gained in numerous complex transactions, John is often able to suggest alternatives to property owners across various industries, whether the issue be reducing costs for a manufacturer beset with competitive pressures or restructuring the taxes paid by a major power generating company. Understanding the financial concerns of the levying municipality, he assists clients in making cost effective judgments with regard to tax and other cost-related strategies.

When looking at a client's expansion or redevelopment plans, John recognizes that the application of non-traditional real estate structures often facilitates the successful conclusion of a project by either gaining more development potential on a piece of land or allowing the ultimate transaction to conclude speedily. The use of newer real property concepts, such as the common interest community in the commercial and retail arenas, frequently allows owners to stratify their interests to facilitate development, financing and transfer objectives. Creative use of non-traditional real estate structures form the underpinnings of today's mixed use developments.

In addition to his general experience in real estate development, John has significant experience in representing lenders and owners in real estate asset workouts and restructurings and representing owners in tax appeal matters. During the latter part of the 1980s and 1990s, John led a group of lawyers who represented several major insurers dealing with problem loan evaluations/restructurings and served as lead counsel to the FDIC in the Colonial Realty Company bankruptcy. He has also represented several lenders in connection with multi-state portfolio evaluations and transfers. With respect to real estate tax matters, John has represented owners of properties ranging from big box stores to a nuclear power plant in successful appeals of real and personal property valuations.

John recently negotiated the tax value of a nuclear power plant sold pursuant to deregulation of the electric industry; advised on the setup of a development plan for the world's largest trading floor; negotiated the sale of property for development of a 285,000 square foot "lifestyle" shopping center within a larger mixed use development; advised on the expansion of the office of major national insurer; and negotiated a joint venture agreement for development of an 800,000 square foot office complex.

John has been recognized in Chambers USA from 2009-2019. Clients quoted in Chambers praise John as “a very bright, pragmatic attorney.” John brings a strong background in litigation, taxation, and construction law to his real estate practice. His clients describe him as a “skilled negotiator” who is “incredibly knowledgeable and well connected” with “superb technical skills.” He was designated as a Connecticut Super Lawyer for 2011-2018. He was also one of 330 lawyers nationwide and one of nine real estate lawyers nationwide recognized as providing exceptional service by in-house counsel as part of the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars report from The BTI Consulting Group Inc. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Active in his community, John was a 2018 recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his volunteer service to support persons with developmental disabilities.


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1975
  • A.B., Providence College, summa cum laude, 1972

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