John Whitaker practices in the areas of sale, acquisition and development of real property, including transfers of excess density/floor area rights and negotiation of agreements with redevelopment agencies before their dissolution as of February 1, 2012. 

In anticipation of and following dissolution of redevelopment agencies in the State of California, he has advised clients regarding their rights and obligations in connection with existing and pending projects within redevelopment project areas within the State of California and with respect to potential acquisition of properties owned by the redevelopment agencies. He also advises clients on eminent domain issues affecting their property.

His clients include domestic and foreign developers of major downtown Los Angeles and outlying projects and domestic and foreign investors in major office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, residential and resort properties. He also assists financial institutions and other lenders in connection with real estate loan workout issues, including assistance with real property foreclosures and receivership proceedings and disposition of their real estate assets.