Mr John Napoli > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10018-1405
United States

Work Department


Partner, Co-Managing Partner of New York Office, Co-Chair of Tax Practice, and Co-Leader of Opportunity Zone Funds Team


John is the co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s New York office and also co-chairs the firm’s national tax practice. John practices  federal, state and local tax law, and advises public and private clients on tax issues relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, restructurings, consolidations, financing, real estate (including REITs), tax free like kind 1031 exchanges, subchapter S corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, and limited liability companies. He is highly skilled in shaping tax-efficient real estate transactions, including the formation, operation, and liquidation of REITs and UPREITs.

Clients engage John because of his ability to provide highly technical tax guidance in a practical and relatable way. His clients often focus in the real estate industry and operate as REITs, real estate investors, investment funds, joint ventures, financial institutions, and property managers, among others. John also represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, United States Tax Court, and various state and local authorities on a variety of controversial matters. 

John is active in industry organizations such as IMN, NAREIT, and Real Estate Roundtable and sits on the US Advisory Board of Barretstown, a Paul Newman SeriousFun camp for children with serious illness. Noted as a “trusted real estate attorney” and key individual by The Legal 500 (Legalese Ltd.), John has an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 years, has been selected for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) (2006-2019), and was named to the NACD Directorship’s “Directorship 100” list of “people to watch” in corporate America.


  • LLM, New York University School of Law

    New York University Law Review, editor (1981-1982)

  • JD, University of Dayton

    Magna cum laude
    University of Dayton Law Review, editor (1981-1982)

  • BA, St. John’s University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

Seyfarth Shaw LLP acts for public charities, universities, private foundations and banks. Of particular note, clients note that the team’s practitioners are ‘well versed in the intricacies of partnership tax law and the intersection of fund formation and real estate ownership‘. The practice is jointly chaired by Steven Meier in the Chicago office, and John Napoli, who is based in New York. Meier is ‘very easy to work with‘ and advises on the tax treatment REITs, investment funds and M&A transactions. Napoli is active on federal, state and local tax law, with a particular expertise in the tax aspects of real estate transactions.