John Lerner works in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group on a wide variety of commercial acquisitions, dispositions and developments, leasing, and financing transactions. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood John was an associate at a law firm in Providence, Rhode Island.

During law school, John clerked for the Honorable William P. Robinson III of Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Honorable William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.


Private Rights Under the Housing Act: Preserving Rental Assistance for Section 8 Tenants, 34 B.C.J.L. & Soc. Just. 41 (2014).

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Represent institutional lender in connection with acquisition and construction loans for various residential developments, including student housing projects
  • Represent real estate development firm in connection with acquisition, disposition and development of mixed-use, office, and self-storage assets
  • Represent real estate investment firm in connection with acquisition and development of residential projects
  • Represent client regarding the negotiation of a lease for Class A office space in downtown Boston
  • Represent client in connection with financing of ground lease for operation of power plant
  • Representation of clients regarding various zoning and land use matters, including the procurement of federal, state, and local entitlements