John W. Paradee

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in Dover, DE

Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC
 | 6 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-219-0937
Fax: 302-677-0065
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    John W. Paradee is an attorney with the Baird Mandalas Brockstedt LLC law firm, which has offices in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Lewes, Delaware. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the state, Mr. Paradee has more than 30 years of legal experience that he brings to the table to help his clients with their legal challenges involving real estate law; land use and zoning; business and corporate litigation; administrative and government law; and general civil litigation.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Paradee has successfully handled numerous regulatory matters and legal transactions on behalf of his clients, and he has earned a reputation for being able to secure approval for highly complex and even controversial projects. He has also served as an invaluable advocate for property owners, helping them protect their rights and interests during litigation involving zoning regulations, permit denials, land use issues, commercial project disputes and many other related matters.

    His client list includes some of the largest real estate and retail companies in the country as well as numerous smaller, local businesses, and he routinely serves real estate and construction professionals and investors, such as homebuilders, contractors and landlords.

    A 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Paradee received his MBA from the University of Richmond in 1989. That same year, he also obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law. The Delaware State Bar Association admitted him to practice in 1990, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Recognized by Best Lawyers® for his impeccable professionalism and service, Mr. Paradee also holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received many top reviews from his clients as well as other awards and honors from his peers.

    Along with maintaining his successful legal practice, Mr. Paradee is also active in his local community, and he has served as chairman of the Bayhealth Medical Center Board of Directors as well as chair of the Kent County Advisory Committee of the Delaware Community Foundation.

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    Practice Areas
    • 50%Land Use/Zoning
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 20%Real Estate


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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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    About John Paradee

    Admitted: 1989, Delaware

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    • John W. Paradee has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2019., Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2019
    • John W. Paradee has been recognized by Chambers USA every year since 2005., America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA, 2019
    • John W. Paradee has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008., Best Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America, 2019
    • John Paradee has been recognized with an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell every year since 2012., AV- Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2019

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Greater Kent Committee, Member
    • Investment Committee for the People’s United Church of Christ, Member
    • Chairman, Board of Directors, Bayhealth Medical Center, 2012
    • Chair of the Kent County Advisory Committee of the Delaware Community Foundation

    Representative Clients:

    • WalMart; Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS); Wawa Food Markets; Kimco Realty; American Infrastructure; Stover Homes; Garrison's Custom Homes; Tony Ashburn & Son, Inc.; Artisan's Bank; Beracah Homes; CD Realty Investors; C&M Custom Homes; Knollwood Development Corp.; Lacrosse Homes; Mandrin Homes; Equity Lifestyle Properties; Millennium Land Development; Vanguard Equity Investments.  

    Educational Background:

    • St. Andrew's School, 1981
    • University of Richmond (J.D./M.B.A dual degree), 1989
    • University of Virginia (B.A., Foreign Affairs and History), 1985

    Industry Groups

    • Commercial Real Estate Developers
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    Office Location for John W. Paradee

    6 S. State Street
    Dover, DE 19901

    Phone: 302-219-0937

    Fax: 302-677-0065

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    Last Updated: 12/26/2019

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