Tom’s clients appreciate his creative yet practical approach to transactions, with an eye toward getting the deal done efficiently.
Tom's multi-faceted national practice focuses on real estate and asset-based lending, joint ventures, development, commercial leasing, zoning and other land-use issues for real estate and financial institution clients.
Tom offers significant experience in real estate development and public financing, such as Chapter 100 bonds, Missouri Works, BUILD bonds, CIDs, TDDs, tax increment financing and other public finance incentives in Missouri and Illinois. He counsels some of the country's largest financial institutions, as well as local community banks and REITs, on an array of secured transactions. Tom also maintains a substantial general business practice, serving as a trusted advisor and general counsel to middle-market and small entrepreneurial businesses. He has developed experience in the emerging laws involving medical and recreational cannabis, advising landlords and investors involved in marijuana-related businesses, and applicants for cultivation, product manufacturing and dispensary licenses.
Real Estate Development and Incentives
- Represents a meatpacking company in connection with the development and construction of a new beef harvesting plant and related wastewater treatment facility and transit hub, involving a contested conditional use permit, state and local public finance incentives, and public-private partnerships, with a total estimated $800MM investment.
- Represents a culinary protein company that relocated to the City of St. Louis, generating hundreds of new jobs with state-level incentives, including Missouri Works program tax credits and BUILD program bonds. Initial project was awarded tax abatement through Chapter 100 bonds and included negotiation of a benefits program with St. Louis Public Schools.
- Formed, and continues to represent, the City of Chesterfield, Missouri's first community improvement district (CID). Provided related development counsel for a $150 million+ super-regional outlet mall and mixed-use development.
- Represents a St. Louis-based developer in various large-scale multi-family and mixed-use projects from entitlement stages through negotiation and documentation of incentives, investor private offerings, joint ventures, leasing, and construction and permanent financing – including mezzanine financing and CMBS loans.
- Was the principal drafter of the Illinois Innovation, Development and Economy Act (also known as the "STAR Bonds Financing Act"), negotiating with stakeholders, Illinois officials and lobbyists through two legislative sessions. Advises a Marion, IL developer on various aspects of an entertainment, retail and destination development implementing STAR Bonds in Illinois for the first time.
Real Estate Finance
- Tom devotes a large portion of his practice to representation of a NYSE publicly-traded REIT, drafting and negotiating leases, purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, financing documents, reciprocal easement agreements, and construction contracts for movie theaters, ski resorts, entertainment and retail shopping centers, and vineyards and wineries all over the United States.
- Represents sophisticated real estate investors on all aspects of their commercial real estate investments, including joint venture structuring, and LLC operating agreement drafting and negotiation. Collaborates with Stinson's corporate finance and tax teams in developing private placement memoranda and entity formation as part of REIT and fund formation.
- Assists in underwriting and due diligence, and drafts and negotiates construction and real estate loans for borrowers, REITs and local and national banks on various types of real estate projects, including multi-family apartment complexes, single-family residential developments, mixed-use developments, and senior living facilities. Lender representation also includes substantial experience with publicly-financed real estate and construction loans. Borrower representation also includes CMBS loans, mezzanine debt and preferred equity transactions.
- Tom counsels some of the country's largest financial institutions and local community banks on a range of secured transactions, documenting commercial and industrial lines of credit, and other complex asset‑based loans, including small and middle market mergers and acquisitions, warehouse line of credit facilities, and traditional asset-based C&I loans.
- A significant part of Tom's lending practice involves documenting commercial loans to beer distributors, microbreweries, and other borrowers in the alcoholic beverage industry.
News & Insights
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- Press Release07.31.2017
"Mixed Use… or Mixed Blessing? Lessons on How to Fit the Square Peg into the Round Hole," ICSC Law Conference seminar, November 4, 2021
"Commercial Leasing and the Impact of Tax Reform," Mueller Prost joint presentation, September 26, 2018
"Rolling, Rolling, Keep Those Doggies Rolling: The Issues with Limited Guaranties, Including Rolling Guaranties," ICSC Law Conference seminar, October 25, 2018
"Reciprocal Easement Agreements: Structuring and Amending REAs for Retail and Mixed-Use Project Development," Strafford CLE, June 21, 2018
"Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog: Lease Issues which Inadvertently Impact Company Transactions and Operational Decisions," ICSC Law Conference workshop, October 25, 2017
"Subdividing Existing Shopping Centers for Anchor Investment Sales," ICSC Law Conference roundtable, October 28, 2016
"Best Practices for In-House Counsel: Commercial Leasing for Corporate Counsel--From LOI to Lease," St. Louis Association of Corporate Counsel CLE, September 2,2015
Co-Author, “REITS’ Potential to Electrify Midwest Real Estate,” Midwest Real Estate News’ REJ Blog, August 20, 2012
"Laws on Direct Shipment of Wine Persistent Legislative Battleground," Stinson LLP E-Alert, June 2011
Selected to the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America©
St. Louis Small Business Monthly Top 100 St. Louisans to Know, 2020
Leadership St. Louis Class of 2013-2014
Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers© Rising Star, Real Estate, 2011-2016
St. Louis Business Journal's “40 Under 40,” Class of 2011
Missouri Lawyers Weekly's “Up & Coming,” Class of 2010
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2009 Corporate Achiever
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Angels' Arms, Board Member
St. Louis Art Museum Corporate Partnership Program Committee & SLAM Underground Committee
Clayton-Richmond Heights Merger Joint Study Commission Member and Planning & Zoning Subcommittee Co-Chairman
Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
The Missouri Bar
Illinois State Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Practices & Industries
- Missouri, 2003
- Illinois, 2004
Washington University, J.D., 2003
- Global Studies Law Review, Editorial Staff
University of Missouri, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, with honors, 2000