Joanna A. White

Senior Counsel


Joanna A. White is a senior counsel and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice. Her practice is focused on acquisition, disposition, leasing and finance of various asset classes, including, but not limited to, multi-family, office (including medical office), retail shopping centers and vacant land (including timber.)

Representative Experience

  • Represented affiliates of Starwood Capital in connection with a $185 million sale of a seven office portfolio located in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with real estate aspects of multiple commercial loans, in amounts ranging from approximately $20 million to $35 million, secured by a newly constructed apartment complex in Broward County, Florida, an existing apartment complex in Wisconsin, and an office tower in Tampa, Florida
  • Represented an institutional lender in connection with an approximately $12 million timber loan, secured by approximately 8,000 acres of timber and development property across five counties in Georgia and Tennessee
  • Represented affiliates of Starwood Capital in connection with a sale of the historic Ft. Lauderdale Sheraton, formerly known as the Yankee Clipper Hotel, and in connection with the sale of the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Represented an affiliate of Greenfield Partners in connection with its $78 million acquisition of the Wells Fargo Center, a landmark 389,000 square foot, 22-story Class A office tower, with a 9-story attached garage, located in downtown Tampa, Florida
  • Represented AgReserves, Inc., a for-profit affiliate of the Mormon Church, in connection with a $565,000,000 acquisition from The St. Joe Company of approximately 384,000 acres of timberland in the Florida panhandle
  • Represented family office of a Forbes 50 member in $700+ million acquisition of timberland in the southeast U.S.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition and disposition of multiple medical office buildings and surgery centers 


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2007)
    • Special departmental honors in legal research, writing and appellate advocacy
    • Member, Order of Coif
    • Member, Florida Journal of International Law
  • Duke University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2004)

Admissions and Professional Memberships

  • Florida
  • Member, Florida Bar
  • Member, Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Member, Urban Land Institute


She is conversational in Polish.


  • Co-author, "Special Litigation Committee's Recommendation Rejected Amid Concerns Regarding Independence And Reasonableness of Investigation," Delaware Corporate Litigation Reporter (April 5, 2010)
  • Author, "Don’t Rely Just on Board to Adjust Property Valuations," Jacksonville Business Journal (August 2009)