Practice Areas  
• Capital Markets and Corporate Finance

Equity and Debt offerings

• General Corporate and Securities Law
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Corporate governance
Regulatory and Financial Services
Executive Compensation, Employee
. Benefits and Taxation
• BS, Brown University 
• JD,Vanderbilt University School of Law
Admitted to Practice  
• New York
• District of Columbia

























  John J. Gorman


Luse Gorman, PC
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 780
Washington, D.C. 20015

Phone: 202.274.2001
Fax: 202.362.2902


John Gorman has been actively involved in representing financial institutions and their holding companies for more than 25 years. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities, general compliance with the federal securities laws, particularly SEC reporting requirements, executive compensation and general bank regulatory matters. Mr. Gorman also counsels public companies on corporate governance practices, compliance with the listing standards of the national stock exchanges, and state fiduciary duty law. He is a faculty member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and served as a Commissioner on the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Leadership (2004) and the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic-Asset Board (2016).

Mr. Gorman has been named one of Washington, DC's Top Rate Lawyers in Banking and Finance and is is a frequent speaker on financial institution issues. He has authored numerous articles on banks and savings institutions that have appeared in The American Banker, SNL Thrift Investor and Community Banker. Mr. Gorman is recognized as one of the nation’s leading bank mergers and acquisitions attorneys. He has overseen and completed more than 100 mergers and acquisitions involving financial institutions during the past decade.

Following law school, Mr. Gorman entered private practice in New York City, where he was engaged primarily in corporate and securities law matters. In 1981, he joined the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served for four years in the Division of Corporation Finance, including two years as special counsel to the Chief Counsel.

Representative Transactions:

  • Represented Investors Bancorp in connection with eight whole bank and branch acquisitions over a six-year period, culminating in its $2.2 billion common stock offering in 2014.
  • Represented Bridge Bancorp, Inc. in connection with its acquisitions of FNBNY Bancorp and Community National Bank, and in connection with public offerings of common equity ($90 million) and of debt ($80 million).
  • Represented First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., Buffalo, New York, in its acquisition of Harleysville National Bank and Trust Company, with $5.2 billion in assets, along with the charter conversion of First Niagara Bank from an OTS savings bank to a national bank chartered by the Comptroller of the Currency, and the conversion of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. from a savings and loan holding company to a bank holding company regulated by the Federal Reserve Board.

  • Represented First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., Buffalo, New York, in its acquisition of 57 branches and $3.9 billion of deposits from National City Bank/PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and the related private placement of $150 million of 12% senior notes.

  • Represented Oritani Financial Corp., Washington Township, New Jersey, in its $413.6 million common stock offering in a “second-step” mutual holding company conversion to a stock holding company.

  • Represented Citizens South Bancorp, Gastonia, North Carolina, in its acquisition of Bank of Hiawassee, a $300 million assets Georgia state-chartered bank, in an FDIC assisted transaction, and the related private placement of common stock and mandatorily convertible cumulative, non-voting perpetual preferred stock.

  • Represented First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., Buffalo, New York, in its sale of approximately $1.0 billion of common stock in three separate underwritten public offerings over a 12 month period.

  • Represented Evans Bancorp, Inc., Hamburg, New York, in two underwritten public offerings of common stock, totaling $30 million.

  • Represented Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc. as underwriter’s counsel in a $60.0 million initial public offering.


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