John Meindl’s practice focuses on real estate development, acquisition, loan and refinancing negotiations, mortgage and loan security issues, owner/borrower entity issues, loan workouts and foreclosures, commercial industrial and retail lease negotiation. He provides counsel for a diverse range of clients, including insurance companies, financial institutions, developers and investors. His practice also includes the planning and administration of trusts and estates that are heavily invested in real estate assets.
Mr. Meindl joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 2014 as a result of the merger of Hinshaw and the Los Angeles-based firm of Barger & Wolen LLP.
- The State Bar of California
- American Bar Association, Tax Section; Subcommittee on Real Estate Exchanges
- The Orange County Bar Association
Examples of Mr. Meindl’s experience include:
- Representation of insurance companies and pension funds in loan workouts, foreclosures (voluntary by "deed in lieu" and involuntary), both as to judicial and non-judicial proceedings involving commercial, office, apartment and industrial properties.
- Representation of a family trust with respect to land valuation issues, use and development issues regarding multiple tract landholdings in Southern California and Nevada.
- Representation of a limited partnership owner of hotel properties, including negotiations with respect to acquisition and sale agreements, management contracts with the flag operators, and continuing operational issues.
- Representation of developer and investor entities with respect to organizational issues, and in regard to private and multi-state real estate offerings including federal and state Blue Sky securities issues involving retail shopping centers, office and industrial projects, residential development projects and mixed use development projects.
- Representation of developer and investor entities in regard to land acquisition and sales, infrastructure, site development and coordination and interaction with local and state agencies to obtain real property entitlements consistent with proposed use.
- Representation of investors in connection with the acquisition and disposition of "environmentally contaminated" properties, including coordination with engineers regarding applicable investigative reports and legal assistance in negotiating property clean-up and restrictive use covenants.
- Representation of buyers, sellers, and lenders in negotiations with title insurance providers, including title report modifications and policy endorsements.
- Representation of non-U.S. citizens relating to Qualified Domestic Trusts including estate and gift tax treaties.
- Representation of multiple shopping centers in negotiations with anchor and other retail tenant.
- Representation of industrial development builder in negotiations with public entities leading to development agreements in former redevelopment zones.
- Representation of company principals with respect to succession planning strategies.
Mr. Meindl's publications include:
- "Insurance Considerations in Business Planning," "California Insurance Law and Practice" - Chapter 70 (Revised), LexisNexis Matthew Bender, April 1, 2012.
- "Life Insurance Considerations in Personal and Estate Planning," "California Insurance Law and Practice" - Chapter 71 (revised), LexisNexis Matthew Bender, August 1, 2011.
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1971
- University of Surrey, London, England, M.S., 1968
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1966