Thomas E. Lombardi


Los Angeles

(213) 892-7970

(213) 892-7999

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.




Small-Business Owners Feel Weight of Personal Debt Guarantees

April 05, 2021

Thomas Lombardi was featured in an article published by MarketScreener, which discusses how the pandemic has affected small businesses.

Thomas Lombardi, Co-chair of the 2020 Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium, Diane Hvolka Selected As a Panelist

December 03, 2020

Thomas Lombardi, member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, was co-chair of the 2020 Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium, while Danielle Hvolka, member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, spoke on a panel.

Cozen O’Connor Continues its West Coast Expansion, Adding Three Veteran Southern California Litigators to its Los Angeles Office

March 04, 2020

Thomas Lombardi, Devin Donohue and Brett Watson — from one of southern California’s leading litigation boutiques Lombardi & Donohue — have joined the firm as members.


Landlords in California Must Prepare to Address COVID-19 Based Rent and Eviction Moratoria [Alert]

May 13, 2020

Tom Lombardi discusses why real property owners must familiarize themselves with all applicable rent moratoria governing their properties and cannot take a blanket approach concerning enforcement of their rights and compliance with moratoria.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium

November 12, 2020 - Webinar


  • Whittier Law School, J.D., 1994
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 1990

Awards & Honors

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2012-2020

  • California
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Chairman, California Lawyers Association’s Commercial Real Estate Symposium, 2018

Co-Chairman of Executive Committee, California Lawyers Association’s Real Property Law Section, 2019-2021

Co-Chairman, Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium, 2019-2021

Advisor to Executive Committee, California Lawyers Association’s Real Property Law Section, 2019-2021

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member