Thomas has more than 20 years of experience representing developers, investors, owners, operators and users of real estate in all asset classes. His practice emphasizes real estate law and litigation. He litigates real estate disputes for real estate companies, including REITs, private equity firms, developers, advisers, asset managers, trust companies, regional and family owned companies. He also serves in an advisory capacity to these clients and their executives. Thomas has an extensive range of experience litigating a broad spectrum of issues arising from real estate and lending transactions, as well as ownership of all classes of real estate, including matters involving commercial leases, construction, and the operations of real estate assets.
Thomas also has substantial experience litigating disputes involving purchase and sale agreements, leases, loans, options first rights of refusal, commissions, partnership and corporate real estate disputes, failure to disclose, construction, ADA, nuisance, quiet title, easements, and boundary disputes.
In addition to contract based real estate disputes, Thomas’s practice also includes defense of non-contract claims arising from real estate ownership ranging from wrongful eviction, mold exposure, lead exposure, asbestos exposure, and discrimination. Business and commercial matters handled by Thomas include litigation arising from partnership disputes, corporate dissolution, fraud, breach of contract, insurance coverage, and unfair competition. He has also spoken on panels and has been quoted in publications on topics affecting the real estate industry and has written articles disseminated in various trade and legal publications.
Thomas has tried cases in the Superior Court of California and the federal district court. He has also argued appeals before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeals. Thomas has earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his law degree from Whittier College School of Law.