Thomas has extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions, including sales, leasing, financing, brokers licensing, zoning, and land development regulation. His practice includes zoning, land use, and historic preservation for projects in Philadelphia, including the Comcast Center (which is the tallest building in the city), the luxury condominium 1706 Rittenhouse Square, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. He also handles sale leaseback transactions and the representation of office tenants in leasing. Tom has lectured on real estate practice and zoning, currently teaches a seminar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the practice of land use law, formerly taught the course in land use law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is listed in Who's Who in American Law.
Tom served as co-chair of the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and was active on committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Development Workshop commenting on Philadelphia's 2012 Zoning Ordinance. He is also a member of the board of directors of Regional Housing Legal Services. Tom is a past president and current publications chair of the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, chairs the advisory committee of the LaSalle University Art Museum, and, with his wife, Loretta, is past co-president of the Science and Art Club of Germantown. He also served on the board of Historic RittenhouseTown, and was recently elected Treasurer of Historic RittenhouseTown.
Tom earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from LaSalle College, his Master of Arts from Harvard University, and his law degree, cum laude, from Temple University. In 1968, he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.