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JohnSidd

Partner

"Too often, lawyers make things complicated quickly. I want to keep it simple. Together, we can do that."

Overview

Biography

John primarily concentrates his practice on business law, commercial real estate, and economic-development law matters, representing clients in all aspects of their business ranging from daily operations that include contract preparation and negotiations to succession planning and mergers and acquisitions.

He counsels buyers, sellers, real estate developers, landlords, and tenants in commercial-leasing matters and provides legal counsel and strategic guidance to lenders and borrowers in mortgage financings. Additionally, he advises and represents NYS economic-development entities that include industrial development agencies and land banks.

John serves as general counsel to the New York Land Bank Association and the Greater Syracuse Land Bank and also serves as examining counsel for Stewart Title Insurance Corporation, Old Republic Title Insurance Company, and Chicago Title Insurance Company.

Bar Associations

  • Cortland County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Represented the Greater Syracuse Land Bank in the acquisition of over 1,500 parcels of real property and the sale of over 500 since 2013.
  • Authored numerous revisions to Article 16 of the NY Not-for-Profit Corporation Law on behalf of the New York Land Bank Association. The revisions save land banks across New York State hundreds of thousands in recording fees, property disposition expenses, special assessments, special ad valorem levies, and user fees.
  • Represented an agricultural lender in a $5 million construction loan transaction secured by over 1,500 acres of property.
  • Represented an IDA in a straight-lease transaction for financial assistance related to the construction of a $30 million yogurt-manufacturing facility.
  • Represented an agricultural lender in a $4.5 million construction loan transaction secured by over 2,500 acres of property.
  • Represented an IDA in a straight-lease transaction for financial assistance related to a $16 million renovation of a historic building for residential and commercial use.
  • Represented an IDA in a straight-lease transaction for financial assistance related to the construction of a $9 million medical-equipment manufacturing facility.
  • On behalf of the New York Land Bank Association, drafted five successful amendments to Article 16 (The Land Bank Act) of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law that were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Prior Experience

  • Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C., Shareholder

Selected Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York Land Bank Association Annual Conference, “Update: New York Land Bank Act Amendments”

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