John Demas

John Demas
Phone: (619) 260-7832
Office: Avila C109

Clinical Professor of Real Estate

  • LLM, Taxation, University of San Diego
  • JD, University of Denver
  • MBA, New Mexico State University
  • BA, California State University, Fullerton, Political Science

John C. Demas brings accounting, tax, legal and real estate experience into both the School of Business’ Accountancy Programs and the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. Demas teaches graduate federal tax research and undergraduate law and real estate courses. Demas’ unique perspective spans accounting positions in the hospitality industry, due diligence for roll-up mergers, expert witness testimony for commercial escrow matters and his current estate planning practice with The Demas Law Firm. Demas’ applied research interests focus on pedagogy, tax, real estate and sustainability. He is licensed before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Tax Court, Federal, 9th and 10th Circuits and California and Colorado state courts. He holds a LEED AP BD+C Certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. Demas also acts as strategic advisor, trustee and director of select privately held organizations.

Areas of Expertise

real estate, estate planning, title insurance, commercial escrow practices, tax, sustainability

Selected Publications

  • Demas, J., Cashman-Kramer, K., Busch, M., Dullea, M. (2016) Transfers on Death Deeds: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, California Real Property Journal, 34(3), 43.
  • Busch, M., Cashman-Kramer, K., Demas, J., Dullea, M. (2011) Revisions to California Mechanic's Lien Law and Developments in the Treatment of Mechanic's Liens in Bankruptcy: An Update, California Real Property Journal, 29(4), 38.
  • Custin, R., Demas, J., Lampe, M., Custin, C. (2013) Discipline Based Instruction In Business Law, Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 10, 22-37.
  • Kishore, R., Demas, J. (2011) An Examination of the Wealth Effect of REIT Shares due to the Introduction of Sarbanes Oxley Act: An Event Study Approach, Journal on Banking Financial Services & Insurance Research, 1(3), 63-76.