John D. ScozioJohn Scozio Clark Hill
John D. Scozio
Senior Counsel; Director and General Counsel of TR&A Abstract Company
John D. Scozio is a member of Clark Hill's Real Estate Practice Group. John's practice is devoted to a wide array of general real estate and business transactions, including the representation of landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, investors, developers, lenders, borrowers, entrepreneurs, retailers, suppliers, brokers, architects, and contractors in connection with business and real estate acquisitions and dispositions; real estate development and finance; commercial office and retail leasing; equipment leasing; business asset transactions; zoning and land use issues; construction loans, permanent financing and refinancing transactions; the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, and other investment and operating entities; professional service and consulting agreements; construction and development contracts; supply and wholesaling arrangements; real property valuation and tax assessment appeals; environmental compliance and planning; and alcohol beverage licensing.
Over the course of nearly 20 years, John has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished attorneys in the region in the commercial leasing field, having represented countless landlords, tenants and developers in drafting and negotiating sophisticated leases of all types, including retail, restaurant, office, industrial and mixed-use. Often times handling his client's transactional needs from start to finish, including the project's development and construction facets, John has gained specialized insight into all of the relevant aspects of a commercial leasehold, and into issues not otherwise appreciated and addressed.
John also serves as a Director and the General Counsel of TR&A Abstract Company, Clark Hill's Pittsburgh-based title insurance company, serving as a long-standing, authorized title agent for national underwriters such as Chicago Title Insurance, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance, Fidelity National Title Insurance and First American Title Insurance. John's practice and oversight within the title agency, including the provision of a full range of settlement services, allows for a seamless integration with many of the firm's real estate and finance clients.
Regional representation of numerous shopping center owners and developers in the development, construction, financing and leasing of their projects, including the negotiation and drafting of complex leaseholds with national anchor tenants.
Representation of many local, regional and national retailers in connection with their purchase and/or lease of real property, equipment and inventory, as well as in connection with the day-to-day operation and management of their business affairs
Representation of several regional grocery retail chains in connection with ongoing wholesale and supply matters being conducted with several of the nation’s largest and most influential grocery wholesalers and encompassing a myriad of complex leasing, financing, refinancing, procurement, distribution, management, labor, bankruptcy, zoning and general real estate issues
Representation of several high-profile hospitality groups in connection with the development, sale, purchase, financing, refinancing, leasing and management, as applicable, of many prominent restaurants and taverns located in Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding area