Regency Names Johnston SVP of General Counsel

Johnston will be responsible for leading and directing nationwide legal activities with in-house staff and outside counsel, along with advising management on matters including legal rights, obligations and risks for real estate transactions, wide-ranging company matters, and general corporate compliance. She will also serve as corporate secretary for the company’s board of directors.

June 16, 2010
By Allison Landa, News Editor

Shopping-center owner, operator and developer Regency Centers has tapped Barbara Johnston as senior vice president, general counsel. Johnston will be responsible for leading and directing nationwide legal activities with in-house staff and outside counsel, along with advising management on matters including legal rights, obligations and risks for real estate transactions, wide-ranging company matters, and general corporate compliance. She will also serve as corporate secretary for the company’s board of directors.

Johnston most recently served as partner with McGuireWoods L.L.P.’s Jacksonville, Fla., office, practicing business law with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as well as general corporate law matters. She has previously served as general counsel for Florida Rock Industries, Inc., as well as a law clerk for Judge Susan Black of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. She holds a J.D. from the University of Florida and is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Florida Bar.

“We are pleased to have Barbara join our senior management team at Regency Centers,” president and CEO Brian Smith said when announcing the news. “She is a highly respected attorney with a wealth of experience and knowledge.”

As of the first quarter of this year, Regency owned 399 retail properties, including those held in co-investment partnerships. The company’s portfolio encompasses 53.2 million square feet throughout the United States. Since 2000, it has developed 201 shopping centers, representing an investment at completion of $3 billion.