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An experienced commercial real estate transactional attorney, Thomas's clients include national and local investors, funds, developers, operators, syndicators, lenders and tenants.  His practice focuses on acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing, development, equity investments, syndications, fund formation and property tax planning.  He also represents high net worth families (usually with commercial real estate portfolios) in tax based and responsible next generation wealth transfer strategies.  Additionally, he represents a number of tax exempt organizations.  Previously Thomas was in house counsel at Pepperdine University in Malibu and Guitar Center, Inc. in Westlake Village and was an associate at the law firm of Halling + Sokol LLP in Calabasas.

 

Thomas graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, majoring in finance and minoring in international business.  His Juris Doctor degree was obtained from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005.  Additionally, he graduated from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business Management with a Masters of Business Administration.  Thomas studied international business and finance in Denmark and Mexico, and participated in Pepperdine's London law program.

 

Thomas is admitted to the State of Bar of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and is a licensed California real estate broker.  He is very active with local nonprofits and ministries, sitting on the board of directors of the Woodland Hills Estate and Tax Planning Council, Impacting Hearts (providing foster youth with leadership skills through biblical principles), Cloud & Fire (assists at-risk and low income youth) and sits on the advisory board of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.  Previously he sat on the board of Habitat for Humanity - San Fernando/ Santa Clarita Valleys for over ten years.  He is a life long resident of the San Fernando Valley and is married with two daughters and a son.

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