John C. Condas

Partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

John C. Condas

John C. Condas

Partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP


John Condas helps clients procure the federal, state, regional, and local government approvals they need to develop their real estate projects. He has successfully led legal due diligence and entitlement teams in nearly 200 jurisdictions and federal, state and regional agencies for industrial, residential, mixed use, office, entertainment, self-storage, cannabis cultivation, and other projects throughout California.

Proactive and Practical

John takes a practical approach to help his clients meet their business objectives, efficiently solve environmental and land use challenges, and advance their projects with minimal delays. Equally important, he ensures that their permits are legally defensible to reduce the risk of lawsuits, in particular those based on challenges from environmental groups and others claiming that projects do not meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements.

For a national developer, he oversaw land use entitlement and environmental permitting due diligence and entitlements for its extensive assets throughout Southern California. Similarly, he successfully guided more than 150 projects in Southern and Central California through the entitlement process for the country’s third largest home builder.

A former litigator, John regularly advises clients on litigation as a means for achieving their objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner. He also helps them devise strategies to defend lawsuits—for example when a labor union uses CEQA as a negotiation tactic—and proactively pursue legal action when necessary to rein in an over-reaching government agency.

Statewide Knowledge

John represents public REITs, industrial clients, private and public home builders and apartment developers, and other land developers in securing and defending land use and environmental permits across the state. He has provided entitlement due diligence and counseling for industrial and logistics projects totaling over 65 million square feet, helped home-building clients acquire more than 30,000 residential lots, and was involved in the two largest multiple species habitat plan sales to the Regional Conservation Authority in Riverside County.

Professional Involvement

John is a member of the Board of Directors of Great Ajax Corp., a NYSE-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and served as the 2015 president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Inland Empire Chapter. John taught real estate law for 15 years in the University of Southern California’s MBA and Master of Real Estate Development programs and at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.


* Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating
* Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers (2007 - 2013)

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Founding Partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

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Chief Investment Officer at Watt Cos., Inc.

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President & Director at Great Ajax Corp.

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Former President, Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council at City of Hope - California

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Director & Lusk Chair in Real Estate at University of Southern California - Lusk Center for Real Estate

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Partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Class of 1988

The University of Southern California Law School (Gould School of Law), located in Los Angeles, California, is a law school within the University of Southern California. The oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, USC Law had its beginnings in 1896, and was officially established as a school of the university in 1904

MA in Urban Planning
Class of 1985

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities. Learning and teaching at UCLA are guided by the belief that undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and their teachers belong to a community of scholars. This community is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines followed by the opportunity for in-depth study in a chosen discipline. All members of the community are engaged together in discovering and advancing knowledge and practice. Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also through engagement in campus life and in communities and organizations beyond the university.

AB with General Honors
Class of 1983

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ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. ULI Founded in 1936, ULI now have members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. Members say ULI provide information they can trust, and that ULI is a place where leaders come to grow professionally and personally through sharing, mentoring, and problem solving. With pride, ULI members commit to the best in land use policy and practice.

Career History
2008 - Current

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP was founded in 1977, is a California-based law firm that provides legal services. The firm's broad areas of practice include real estate, land use, construction, real estate finance, business litigation, corporate and securities, intellectual property, environmental, taxation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights and employment and labor law.

2003 - 2008

Nossaman is an innovative mid-sized law firm working on cutting-edge issues across seven U.S. offices. Our expertise is focused in distinct areas of law and policy, as well as in specific industries. With a strong foundation in California, we have built nationally recognized practices in infrastructure, litigation, healthcare, environment and real estate, public policy, and corporate law.

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Independent Director
2015 - Current

Great Ajax Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust. The firm acquires, invests and manages a portfolio of mortgage loans secured by single-family residences and single-family properties. It holds real-estate owned properties acquired upon the foreclosure, other settlement of owned non-performing loans, or that acquires in the market. The company was founded on January 30, 2014 and is headquartered in Tigard, OR.

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Representative from California's 42nd Congressional District

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