Tom is a partner in ECJ’s Real Estate Department, where he represents a broad spectrum of clients—ranging from single-asset developers and multi-member partnerships to institutional owners and insurance companies.
His practice is focused primarily on commercial real estate sales, acquisitions, securitized financings, and negotiating and documenting leases for office, retail and industrial properties. Tom is currently responsible for a national portfolio of properties 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 KB Management Co., Inc., Manulife Real Estate, John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), and Internet Brands/CarsDirect.com. He also works on real estate-related disputes in litigation, arbitration and environmental matters. Over the years, Tom has gained extensive experience in legal issues surrounding many cutting edge design and construction matters, as well as LEED certification, integrated project delivery systems and Building Information Modeling.
Honors include: Law Dragon’s voting “Top 500 Lawyers in America”, 2011; Southern California Super Lawyers from 2007 – 2010; Best Lawyers in America and Top Lawyers in America, 2007-2009; and The Los Angeles Times, Leading Lawyers in Southern California, 2008. Amongst a variety of Tom’s commercial acquisition, sale and leasing transactions (including multiple office leases in the Downtown business areas of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, California), he and ECJ’s real-estate team handled both the acquisition of the HSN distribution facility in Fontana, CA, and the multi-floor leasing of Manulife Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles (two (2) of the “Top California Real Estate Deals of 2011”). In September 2008, Tom handled the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of industrial buildings in Chino, California for John Hancock (U.S.A.), one of the largest commercial real estate transactions consummated that year. In 2004, he also handled the lease termination agreement and re-leasing of the 200,000 square foot Century City Doctors Hospital, one of the largest commercial leasing transactions in Southern California that year (Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) and Daily Journal, 2004).
As a lifelong Southern California resident, Tom earned his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts, English) and Juris Doctorate (including the William F. Murray Scholarship, and a judicial externship for the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). After being admitted to the California Bar in 1988, Tom worked, first, as an Associate at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory, before joining Resch Polster in 1994, where he continued to focus on commercial real estate. In 1996, he helped found Moldo Davidson Fraioli Seror & Sestanovich LLP (MDFS) in Century City, and in 2009, Mr. Sestanovich, and certain of his MDFS colleagues, joined Ervin Cohen & Jessup in Beverly Hills, California.
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