Tom Sestanovich is a Partner in the Real Estate Department.
He also handles environmentally-related agreements and remediation. Tom’s practice is focused on commercial real estate sales, acquisitions, securitized financings, and negotiating and documenting leases for office, retail and industrial properties. He is currently responsible for a national portfolio in excess of 18 million square feet, and serves as outside general counsel to some of California’s largest privately-held developers, as well as representing ARKA Properties Group, Black Equities, Michael Development, Genworth, Wells Fargo and Manulife Real Estate.
Honors include: Lawyer of Distinction – CA/USA; Law Dragon’s “Top 500 Lawyers in America”; Southern California Super Lawyers from 2007 – 2010; Best Lawyers in America and Top Lawyers in America; and The Los Angeles Times, Leading Lawyers in Southern California. Last year, 2016, Tom handled the successful resolution of a variety of environmental matters for his clients with private parties and/or governmental agencies in California, Tennessee and New Jersey. During the last quarter of 2016, Tom bought and sold over four million square feet of commercial property for his clients in a half dozen different states; and completed over five million square feet of office, retail and industrial leasing transactions in the U.S. (including one million square feet in DTLA, NorCal, Fontana and San Diego, California; 1.7 million square feet in Kentucky; and over 600,000 square feet in New Jersey).
As a lifelong SoCal resident, Tom earned his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts, English) and Juris Doctorate from UCLA (including the William F. Murray Scholarship; and an externship with the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court in 1986-87). After being admitted to the California Bar in 1988, Tom started his legal career at Allen Matkins in Downtown Los Angeles, and has spent the past 29 years sharpening his skills in aspects of commercial real estate leasing, purchase and sale, as well as handling the transactional aspects of environmental remediation and related agreements against local, State and Federal agencies.
Tom is a local sportsman and active in Porsche North America, as well as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. He is passionate about fishing and golf worldwide; great friends; food and wine; and wandering off-the-beaten path. He has two (2) wonderful daughters that put a smile on his face and tire him out.
United States Men’s Disabled Volleyball Team, Barcelona and Atlanta Paralympics, 1992 – 1996
United States Olympic Festival, Boulder, Colorado – Men’s Volleyball, 1995
California “Super Lawyers” (2007 – 2010), Law & Politics— Los Angeles Magazine
Best Lawyers in America, 2007 and 2009
Autobiography published by UCLA’s John Wayne/Bower Cancer Clinic
Awarded William F. Murray Scholarship, 1986 – 1987
- “Secrets of Successful Lease Negotiations”, Las Vegas, Nevada Co-Author — BOMA Seminar Materials, 1990
- “Tenant Representation in Office Leases”, Los Angeles, California Author , 1998
- “Sophisticated Leasing Provisions in Commercial Office Leases”, Denver, Colorado Author , 2005
- MDFS, Los Angeles, California – Founding Partner
- Resch Polster Alpert & Berger, Los Angeles, California – Principal
- Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory, Los Angeles, California – Associate