Thea provides practical legal advice with a view toward business objectives for her clients in the commercial real estate and hospitality industries. She has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate and hospitality law and has closed on billions of dollars of transactions, covering acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate and companies located in most major U.S. markets, along with the related financings, ranging from traditional mortgage loans to mezzanine loans and alternative financing structures. She has advised on development projects, entity structures, joint venture, and strategic alliances as well. Thea also possesses in-depth knowledge of hospitality law, advising developers, owners, and operators of hotel and resort properties with respect to branding, franchise agreements, operator management agreements, concession agreements, restaurant leases, and vendor management. Most recently, she provided legal advice to both Hersha Hospitality Trust, a self-advised REIT in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates high-quality upscale hotels in urban gateway markets and HHM, an industry-leading hotel management, development, and investment company.
Active in the community, Thea provides pro bono legal assistance through Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and previously served on the advisory board for MindLeaps, a nonprofit dance school serving underprivileged youth founded in Philadelphia. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, Thea served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the District Court of the Virgin Islands.