John L. Gornall Jr.

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8651
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

John is a partner in the Corporate, Economic Development and Alternative & Renewable Energy practices. As a Special Assistant Attorney General in 2006, John assisted with successful negotiations for the $1.2 billion Kia automotive assembly plant, resulting in increased local and state tax revenue, and approximately 10,000 new direct jobs for the State of Georgia.

John focuses his practice on cutting edge economic development. Throughout his career spanning more than 40 years, John has represented all the parties, including developers, lenders, property  owners and suppliers on renewable energy projects, while continuing to grow his traditional economic development practice working with companies, lenders, development authorities and governments on creative financing and incentives. AGG’s Economic Development Practice Team is seasoned and deep, with over 50 years combined experience and shared knowledge.  Through his involvement on this team, John has worked on projects for manufacturing, distribution, headquarters and research and development facilities across the United States.

John worked for eight years on Georgia legislation to allow public-private partnerships (P3s) for reservoirs as well as water, reuse water and waste water facilities and systems (water facilities). He was selected by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as part of the drafting team for Senate Bill (SB) 122, signed into law in 2011. SB 122 authorizes the state as well as local governments and authorities to enter into contracts for up to 50 years with private companies to build and operate water facilities. This new tool will help Georgia increase its water supply, treat waste water to higher standards, and encourage the use of reuse water while protecting Georgia’s environment.

Experience

  • Represents a number of Development Authorities as bond counsel.

  • Represented Internet Service Provider in $1 Billion+ facilities in Georgia.

  • Represented Benteler Steel Tube Manufacturing Corp. in $900 million manufacturing project in Louisiana creating 675 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs.

  • Recent solar projects include 300+ MW of utility scale systems.

  • Assisted a $2 Billion asset German fund with due diligence for a U.S. renewable energy fund.

  • Represented Young Harris College as site lessor for 1 MW grid connected solar PV energy generation facility.

  • Represented a subsidiary of Sysco in negotiating a rooftop lease for a solar photovoltaic facility located at a New Jersey distribution center.

  • Represented Beltline Energy, LLC, Curry Solar Farm LLC, and Fulton Mill Solar Farm as bond counsel in a $6 million bond-for-title transaction with the Tattnall County Industrial Development Authority, involving a solar farm project.

Credentials

  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor — 1972
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science - Foreign Service — 1969
  • State of Georgia 1972
    • State Bar of Georgia—Section of International Law (former Chair)
    • Georgia Economic Developers Association (Director, 1999–2001; Former Chair, Public Policy Committee & Brownfields Task Force)
    • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Georgia Institute of Technology—College of Management, International Business Law Lecturer
    • Georgia State University—J. Mack Robinson College of Business, International Business Law Lecturer
    • University of Georgia—Fanning Institute, Economic Development Lecturer
    • Leadership Georgia, Trustee, 1987–89

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America (Economic Development Law), 2014-20
  • Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence, Georgia Economic Developers Association, 2019
  • Solar Advocate Award, Georgia Solar Energy Association, 2010-11
  • “Legal Elite,” Georgia Trend (Public Finance), 2008
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (International), 2004, 2013
  • Alumni Service Award, Leadership Georgia, 1991

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