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J. Thomas McDermott

Practice Area

Business Law, Real Estate & Construction Law

Contact Information

Phone: 920.235.6690
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University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. – 1978
Yale University, B.A. – 1973

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Wisconsin – 1978
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin – 1979
United States District Court for the Western Districts of Wisconsin – 1978

J. Thomas McDermott joined the firm in 1995 as a partner. He represents individuals and businesses in real estate and other business transactions. His practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate, including multi-family residential, commercial shopping centers, commercial/industrial warehousing, and other commercial projects.

Mr. McDermott has represented a variety of clients in all phases of real estate acquisition, development, leasing and disposition. Those services include:

• Organizing business entities, including: corporations, S-corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships and joint ventures, including single purpose, bankruptcy remote entities;
• Negotiating, drafting and reviewing real estate offers to purchase and agreements of sale;
• Reviewing title commitments and clearing liens and encumbrances;
• Real estate acquisition and construction financing, reviewing Loan Applications and Commitments, Loan Agreements, Notes, Mortgages, Security Agreements, Assignments of Leases and Rents and other loan and security documents;
• Commercial leasing and subleasing;
• Creating Condominiums, both residential and commercial, drafting Condominium Declarations, Condominium Association By-Laws, and working with surveyors to create Condominium Plats;
• Real estate refinancing transactions, including various forms of conduit real estate financing, including collateralized mortgage obligation pools and multi-tiered mortgage financing transactions and financing in which bankruptcy non-consolidation is required;
• Assisting with providing due diligence information including Tenant Estoppel Letters and Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements;
• Drafting real estate deeds and transfer returns, assignments of leases, easements, restrictive covenants and other real estate conveyance documents.

Mr. McDermott also represents a variety of business clients in connection with organizing their business entities, business planning, general contracts, and other corporate, limited liability company and partnership matters.

Business Law:
• Contract Negotiation & Drafting
• S-Corporations Formation & Issues
• Limited Liability Company Formation & Issues
• Partnership Formation & Issues
• Limited Partnership Formation & Issues
• Employment Contracts
• Restrictive Covenants
• Covenants Not to Compete
• Lending
• Mediation & Arbitration
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Business Reorganizations
• Succession Planning
• Tax Exempt & Not-for-Profit Organizations
• Tax Planning & Disputes
• Trade Secrets
• Insurance

Real Estate & Construction Law:
• Purchase & Sale Agreements
• Contract Preparation & Review
• Commercial Leases & Subleases
• Offers to Purchase
• Refinancing Transactions
• Review of Title Commitments & Clearing Liens & Encumbrances
• Real Estate, Zoning, Land Use & Development
• Condominium Declarations & Association Bylaws
• Finance
• Arbitration & Mediation
• Lien Claims
• Condominium Development & Conversions
• Condominium Construction

Professional Associations/Achievements

Wisconsin State Bar Association
• Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section Member
• Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section Member

Community Activities

Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education
• Past Board Member

Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center
• Former Volunteer Mediator

Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, Inc.
• Past President and Past Board Member,

Oshkosh Youth Baseball
• Past Treasurer
• Board Member
• Coach