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J. Thomas McDermott
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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 and 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, 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, nondisturbance 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.

Areas Of Practice

  • Business
  • Real Estate
  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1978
  • Wisconsin, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1978


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1978
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1973

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Pro Bono 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