Tom has enjoyed a distinguished and unique career as a real estate lawyer and formerly as a managing developer. For the bulk of Tom’s career, he has represented and presently represents commercial and multi-family development and operating companies, ranging in size from modest to over $2 Billion in assets. Tom’s experience is unusual in that he took ten years away from the law early in his career to serve as a managing developer overseeing the entitlement, design, and construction of complex owner-user projects, including highly publicized projects of note. This has given Tom a breadth of expertise unusual for a transactional real estate lawyer. In addition to his legal and development career, Tom served as a Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner from 2002 to 2005, and for three years served as the legal commentator for a network of NPR radio stations.
Tom earned his J.D from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. He and his family live in Walnut Creek.