John is widely recognized for his ability to secure approval for difficult or controversial projects. In addition to his vast experience in regulatory and transactional work, John has also won a long list of significant cases vindicating the rights of private property owners, including the invalidation of confiscatory zoning regulations, reversal of permit denials for various land use projects and uses, and the successful defense of legal challenges to various commercial projects. Among his clients are Equity Lifestyle Properties, Kimco Realty, Wal-Mart and Wawa Food Markets. In addition to his land use and regulatory practice, John also represents numerous local business interests, including landlords, homebuilders and contractors.
John is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign affairs. He earned his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bayhealth Medical Center, Chair of the Kent County Advisory Committee of the Delaware Community Foundation, a member of the Investment Committee for the People’s United Church of Christ and a Member of the Greater Kent Committee.
John can be reached at 302.677.0061 or

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Administrative & Regulatory Business Law
  • Commercial & Residential Real Estate

Telephone: (302) 677-0061
Fax: (302) 677-0065

Best Lawyers 2020 – Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation-Land Use and Zoning Law


You have been a true pleasure to work with and again I thank you!!

I can tell you that you were an absolute God send, and I don’t say that lightly. If it were not for you, and later Steve, I am not sure I would have been able to keep it together.
You were prompt with responses no matter if during the work day, after hours, or the weekend, and you always brought a ray of hope to keep moving forward. This is over the top and something I have never experienced, and I truly am very grateful for. This has been a very distasteful and ugly matter to deal with, but you have been a true pleasure to work with and again I thank you!!


Most knowledgeable and effective

I have worked with John on several land-use issues in Kent County and have always found him to be one of the most knowledgeable and effective real estate attorneys in Kent County. He is a very effective speaker and advocate for his clients; he is a creative and aggressive legal strategist; he is always extremely well prepared and composed; he is prompt in responding to questions and tasks, and he has excellent support from his staff. Bottom Line: He is expensive, but worth it.

-Marc Ramos, President, Key Communities/Village Builders