Top Attorney – John P. Hanna

Menlo Park, CA WW/Press/– John P. Hanna, Attorney with Hanna & Van Atta is recognized and distinguished in The Top Attorneys of North America 2023-2024 edition. John P. Hanna Attorney

Hanna & Van Atta is located in Menlo Park, CA and serves clients in San Francisco, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and throughout California in legal matter including commercial leasing and residential real estate developers and transactions, land use, home building industries.

The firm also represents community associations with respect to their legal concerns and operational requirements, and has formed over 3,000 community and home owners associations. The firm’s three partners offer over 100 years of combined experience as lawyers who have specialized in all aspects of legal representation in the fields of real estate law.

At Hanna & Van Atta they are committed to providing the highest level of legal expertise and effective legal representation to all of their clients.

John P. Hanna is a partner at the firm Hanna & Van Atta. Mr. Hanna is one of the leading land use lawyers in California, experienced in developing, buying, selling, subdividing, financing, leasing, construction, common interest developments, resort communities, permitting, entitlements, conversions, and dealing with city and county staffs, planning commissions, councils, boards of supervisors and with such state agencies as the Department of Real Estate and the Department of Social Services. Mr. Hanna has testified as an expert witness on real estate matters, and has been retained by a number of cities to review governing documents for common interest developments and mixed-use projects.

Mr. Hanna is known as “the Godfather of Condominiums” he has represented clients and obtained entitlements such as tentative and final subdivision maps, condominium plans and public reports for over 4,000 projects (residential, commercial and mixed-use). Throughout his legal career, Mr. Hanna has provided each client with superior representation that is tailored to the specific needs of the situation.

Mr. John P. Hanna, a former  Captain, United States Army Reserve (Airborne) (Ret.) believes that his clients deserve the highest-quality representation and he has established this throughout his firm; tailoring the specific needs of their legal situation.

Mr. Hanna received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, earned his B.A. from Stanford University, he attended Menlo School, Phillips Academy Andover and Military Intelligence School (Ft. Holabird, MD).

He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, College of Community Association Lawyers, Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO) (Member of Legal Resource Panel), Real Property, Probate Trust Law Section of American Bar Association, Common Interest Subdivision Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, Common Interest Committee of American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Community Associations Institute (CAI), Home Builders Association (HBA) (Board of Directors of South Bay), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Selected as outstanding young man of Palo Alto by Junior Chamber of Commerce, Selected as one of five outstanding young men of California by Junior Chamber of Commerce, member of the Bohemian Club, Elks Club, Kiwanis Club (President, Palo Alto), Menlo Circus Club, and Department of Real Estate Building Industry Association Committee (Co-Founder).

John P. Hanna has authored many texts and articles on condominiums and other common interest developments; has created more than 3000 owners’ associations, both residential and commercial; has appeared before scores of planning commissions, city councils and boards of supervisors in California; has appeared on television and in radio broadcasts on legal topics, has authored legislation affecting the creation of subdivisions and condominiums, and is the senior partner in a firm that conducts a practice that includes land use, entitlements, creation, operation and up-dating documents of residential and commercial associations , leasing, resort and shopping center development and management, complex mixed-use projects and continuing care retirement communities.

The firm is well respected for its experience in dealing with the California Department of Real Estate, particularly with respect to processing and obtaining public reports. One of Mr. Hanna’s books (Homeowners Associations) has recently been published in China as part of an effort on the part of the Chinese government to educate its rapidly expanding population of homeowners.

Mr. Hanna has received numerous honors including Lawyer of the Year in California Best Lawyers, 2020, Best Lawyers in America 2023, Best Law Firms in California First-Tier Rankings 2019, 2023, the AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubble Award 2023, named America’s Most Honored Lawyers The American Registry 2021, 2022, Avvo Top-Rated Lawyer 2022 and one of the Best Law Firms First Tier Rankings California U.S. News & World Report 2022.

Mr. Hanna is married to his wife Barbara Hanna they have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.Top Attorneys of North America

The Top Attorneys of North America, a New York based publication, distinguishes and profiles leading attorneys who have reached a recognizable degree of success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of the accomplishments within the North American legal community.


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