John J. Bishar

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Mr. Bishar is responsible for all legal activities relating to Arbor’s business, including corporate matters, real estate transactions, litigation and all other legal issues. He also manages Arbor’s outside legal counsel in connection with the asset management of the loan portfolio and various litigation matters. In addition to his duties as General Counsel, Mr. Bishar served as a director on the board of Arbor Realty Trust from 2007 – 2012, at which time he was named, and currently serves, as Corporate Secretary.

Mr. Bishar brings more than 30 years of legal expertise to the Arbor companies. Most recently, he served as the U.S. General Counsel of National Grid U.S.A., one of the largest distributors of electricity and natural gas in the Northeast U.S.

In addition, Mr. Bishar has also served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Governance Officer of KeySpan Corporation before the company’s merger with National Grid. Before joining KeySpan, he was a partner in the law firm of Cullen and Dykman LLP, serving as Managing Partner from 1993-2002 and as a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Mr. Bishar is a graduate of Georgetown University and Fordham University School of Law. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Long Island YMCA.