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John F. Simonis

Partner, Real Estate Department


John Simonis is a partner in the Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings. He is chair of the firm’s Orange County Office and chair of the Orange County Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Simonis represents landowners, investors, developers, and users in connection with complex real estate transactions and development matters, and has substantial expertise in connection with real estate joint ventures, funds, purchases and sales, leasing, master planned communities, construction and grading, financings, and entity formation, with particular expertise with respect to data centers and technology-related facilities. He also has substantial experience in connection with commercial, industrial, retail and mixed-use developments, including acquisition/disposition, leasing, entitlement, construction, infrastructure development and land-use controls.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1986
    • Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif 
  • Marquette University, B.S., 1983

Engagement & Publications

  • Frequent speaker and writer regarding real estate transactions, development matters and telecommunications and power issues impacting the real estate industry.