John V. Harrison’s practice focuses on real estate law, commercial mortgage securitization and related real estate finance transactions.

He regularly represents lenders and borrowers in sophisticated CMBS and mezzanine lending transactions, including large multiasset portfolio transactions.

John joined the firm in 2001 and became counsel in 2014.

Notable Experiences


  • Goldman Sachs, as lender, in numerous transactions, including:

    • a $634 million mortgage loan to an affiliate of Atrium Holding Co., secured by a portfolio of 24 hotels in 12 states.
    • a $1.25 billion mortgage loan to affiliates of Lineage Logistics secured by portfolios of cold storage facilities;
    • a $596 million mortgage loan to Atrium Holding Co. secured by interests in 29 full service, limited service, and extended stay hospitality properties located across 16 states;
    • mortgage and mezzanine financing totaling $719 million to affiliates of Newcastle Investment, financing its acquisition of 51 independent living senior housing properties;
    • a financing package for Veritas Investments in which Goldman provided $815 million in financing for 75 multifamily properties;
    • a $345 million mortgage loan to Selig Holdings Co., secured by a portfolio of nine office properties located in downtown Seattle;
    • the $400 million financing of 540 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois, to Joseph Mizrachi and David Alcalay; and
    • a $400 million mortgage financing to affiliates of Vornado secured by 350 Park Avenue.
  • ESL Investments in real estate matters associated with its $5.2 billion acquisition of all of the assets of Sears Holdings.

  • ESL Investments and Transform Holdco, as borrower, in the $800 million financing from affiliates of HPS Partners, secured by a portfolio of 168 retail properties.

  • Alliance Bernstein, as lender, in the origination of a $250 million loan to an affiliate of Tamares Group, a private investment group focused on long-term investments in real estate, technology, and the leisure industries.

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Selected Activities

  • President, Harrison Entertainment Services, Inc., 1982 to 1997
  • Intern, the Honorable William H. Pauley, III of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York