John Demas

John Demas
Phone: (619) 260-2910
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 Demas brings a diverse background of accounting, tax, legal and real estate experience to both the School of Business’ Accountancy Programs and to the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. Demas currently teaches undergraduate real estate courses as well as a graduate MSRE Law & Public Policy course. His current estate planning practice is with Goode Hemme & Barger APC. Demas’ applied research interests focus on pedagogy, tax, real estate, sustainability and succession planning. 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 serves 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.