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Thomas S. Smith

Of Counsel
Tom Smith advises clients on a broad range of real estate, real estate finance and general business issues. He counsels clients regarding the management, operation, development, construction, acquisition, financing and leasing of conventional and distressed real estate, including mixed-use projects, shopping centers, office buildings, and industrial parks. Tom also represents retail, restaurant, office, industrial, banking, and homeowner association clients with real estate, land use, and general business.

Practice Highlights
  • Negotiated and documented multiple commercial leases on behalf of a variety of landlords and tenants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland metropolitan areas including space for use as restaurants, medical offices, general offices, television sound stages, and a variety of industrial uses.
  • Represents international sellers and buyers of office and industrial properties throughout the United States.
  • Represents both borrowers and lenders in real estate secured financings.

Representative Experience

Acquisition of environmentally damaged industrial property in Harrisonburg, Va.

Negotiating and documenting the acquisition of an industrial property contaminated with TCE’s for international manufacturer. (Ongoing)

Land division of an approximately 15,000 acre ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif.

Working with trustee and co-owner trustee counsel to negotiate and document the confirmation of the division of an approximately 15,000 acre ranch into as many as 10 parcels through issuance of certificates of compliance in conjunction with grant of certain access rights to environmentally sensitive coastal areas.

Purchase of assets for national cinema chain

Represented buyer in the acquisition of physical assets and leasehold interest of San Francisco restaurant. (2007)

Commercial lease for medical group

Negotiated and documented an office lease on behalf of tenant for 9,000 square-feet of medical office space.

Industrial lease for large electronics manufacturer

Represented tenant in leasing of 62,000 square-feet of Oregon industrial space. (2006)

Real estate transactions for local real estate investor

Negotiated and documented the acquisition of undeveloped commercial property in Sandy, Ore. (2006)

Real estate transactions for retail clothing store

Consummated a retail lease on behalf of tenant at Bridgeport Village for 1,500 square-feet for five years plus options. (2006)

Acquisition of a large commercial property with existing grocery store tenant in Salem, Ore.

Assisted sophisticated commercial investor in the acquisition and due diligence inspections of an occupied supermarket property in Salem, Ore.

Acquisition of an industrial manufacturing facility in Lakeville, Minn.

Negotiated, documented, and closed on the acquisition of a packaging manufacturing facility for a large international business conglomerate.

Acquisition of industrial property in Cedar City, Utah

Negotiated and documented the acquisition of a large industrial property that required pre-closing environmental remediation and escrow holdback agreements to cover future environmental issues.

Acquisition of large undeveloped parcel to be used in conjunction with an adjacent entertainment complex in Branson, Mo.

Negotiated and documented the acquisition of a large undeveloped commercial parcel to be used for future expansion of an adjacent entertainment complex.

Acquisition of printing facility

Represented large international business conglomerate in the negotiation and documentation of the acquisition of a commercial newsprint and general printing facility in Michigan.

Acquisitions of gaming development

Represented national gaming operator and developer in the negotiation and documentation of an option to purchase and other ancillary documents for the acquisition, financing, and development of real property for use as a large gaming and entertainment complex.

Commercial leases

Represented medical owner in lease of approximately 15,000 square-feet of specialized medical office space in Northern California.

Construction agreement

Represented owner in the negotiation and documentation of a construction agreement for the development and construction of an approximately 100,000 square-foot medical office building and surgery center in Beaverton, Ore.



Construction agreements for private clients

Represented owner in the negotiation and documentation of a construction agreement for the development and construction of a $5 million personal residence.

Lease negotiation

Represented national high-tech tenant in the negotiation and documentation of an approximately 100,000 square-foot office lease in downtown San Francisco for use as its national headquarters.

Leasing warehouse space for wine auction business

Represented the owner of a high-end wine auction house in the negotiation of a lease in Napa, Calif., for the storage of expensive and temperature-sensitive wine collections.

Municipal lease

Represented municipal landlord in the negotiation and documentation of a lease for the development of an 11,140 square-foot community medical clinic in Marin County, Calif.

Sale of manufacturing facility

Represented a seller in the negotiation and documentation of the sale of a manufacturing facility in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar, Real Estate Law Section
  • Oregon State Bar, House of Delegates, Past Delegate
  • Artists Repertory Theater, Former Vice Chair and Board Member 
  • Commercial Association of Brokers® Oregon/SW Washington, Member, Former General Counsel and Director
  • Portland Jazz Festival, President, Board of Directors
  • Oregon State Bar, Past Chair, Quality of Life Committee, 2003-2005
  • Osborne-Whelan Hastings College Rugby Scholarship, Selection Committee

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Real Estate (Oregon) by Chambers USA, 2007-2016
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers, 2011-present
  • "Member of the Year," Commercial Association of Realtors® Oregon/Southwest Washington, 2005
  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2009-2017