John D. DiTullio has over 25 years of experience in the complex areas of real estate entitlement, development, transactions, and governmental regulatory affairs. He is intensely interested in public/private partnerships, creating infrastructure financing solutions, community and economic development incentive structures, and the reinvestment in and revitalization of our urban and rural communities. Mr. DiTullio, who also holds a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning, is the director of the firm's zoning and land use practice.
Mr. DiTullio has worked on the region’s most complex projects including development of two professional sports stadiums and major master planned community annexation, entitlement and special taxing district creation. His development agreements for clients seeking value enhancement are bespoke and innovative. Mr. DiTullio has been involved in drafting landmark state land use legislation and has assisted various jurisdictions in crafting components of their development regulatory system. In the course of his development work, he has successfully managed referendum and initiative battles for developers and property owners of all size including one of the world’s largest retailers. He has worked with the state’s best land planners, architects, public relations and lobbying consultants, and real estate development financial professionals. At his client’s direction, Mr. DiTullio is not afraid to forge a new value path through the complex regulatory world. He has found “hard work, commitment to a client’s interest and sound advice” a successful creed to work by.
Mr. DiTullio’s background prior to law as a development regulator in one of the country’s highest growth areas and as a project manager for a major golf development entity has provided additional understanding and insight helping to shape his practice of law to the realities of a client’s business needs. Mr. DiTullio says, “I am an attorney because I really enjoy understanding and researching problems and situations and providing advice that helps people achieve their objectives. At crunch time, people need to know someone will be there for them despite the circumstances. Develop a plan, execute it and adjust as needed. This basic approach is not that complicated and works in many areas of life.”
Mr. DiTullio holds, in addition to his law degree from Boston College Law School, a Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interest in American history existed since early childhood but he developed a passion for urban environments while at Brown University earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Urban Studies.
A commitment to helping others prepare to help themselves shows in his extensive involvement with nonprofit organizations and other community groups. Mr. DiTullio has helped an arts agency obtain funding for a permanent home so that the talent within its walls could spring forth. He has helped guide a social service agency transition into new directions successfully becoming a housing provider to the homeless, those suffering from various physical and mental illnesses, and the populations suffering from various substance abuse. Mr. DiTullio has assisted Tribal Nations in a number of matters including defending their businesses against competitors acting illegally and in crafting agreements with developers to recognize sensitive cultural sites and artifacts. More recently, he helps build homes for those trying to find a better environment for their children through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. DiTullio holds licenses in the states of Arizona and Connecticut, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the US Bankruptcy Court for Arizona, and the United States Supreme Court.