I am the head of a 92-year-old family real estate business. A number of years ago I was asked by a good friend and sometime business partner to use John Waters in a big box lease and development transaction. My friend said that even though John was two states away, he was the best real estate attorney anywhere. After the development was complete, the big box retailer’s attorney told me that John was the best attorney on the other side that he has ever worked with; he informed me that my attorney was able to get more favorable treatment from the retailer, primarily because John knew what to ask, and just as importantly, knew what not to ask. While John’s strength is his experience with national retailers, he is just as good as a “first-time” attorney with new clients. He also has a very good dry sense of humor.