Thomas J. Phillips

USA: Massachusetts

Brown Rudnick LLP
One Financial Center
Boston, Massachusetts
MA 02111

Tel: +1 617 856 8383
Fax: +1 617 856 8201


Tom Phillips, Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been practicing commercial real estate and land use law for over 25 years. He has counseled owners, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and investors in a variety of property acquisitions and sales, development and permitting projects, leases, debt and equity financings, workouts/restructurings and other sophisticated real estate transactions spanning virtually all asset classes. He has particular experience working with retail and mixed use properties and is a past State Director for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Tom has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Real Estate Law.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Tom was a partner in the Boston law firm of Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar, where he served as Real Estate Department Chair.

Answering today’s real estate call takes solid traditional services – and more. You need a team with experience in what’s always been important and one that is also fully in tune with today’s drivers – new players, alternative financing sources and turning distress into opportunity.

We’re tapped into vital networks of innovative developers, savvy lenders, strategic asset holders, key governmental decision-makers and front-line workout consultants. Across the essential business disciplines, we expedite connections throughout the life cycles of your deals.

Always framed with a big-picture perspective, we combine local knowledge with a national reach. Every day, we’re listening and asking the “what if” questions – way before the market chatter. This means you’ll be in discussions, weighing options, teaming with proven partners, and determining what’s viable, all ahead of the game. Exactly where you need to be.

Brown Rudnick, with offices in the United States and Europe, represents clients from around the world in high-stakes litigation and business transactions.

With relentless focus on our clients’ objectives, we offer a broad slate of capabilities and talents in areas that include Corporate & Transactional, Funds, Securities, Tax, Patents & Intellectual Property, Emerging Technologies, Cleantech & Energy, Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring, Finance, Complex Litigation, White Collar Defense & Government Investigations, Real Estate, Government Contracts, Health Care and Government Law & Strategies. We assemble cross-disciplinary teams to suit clients’ specific needs. And we bring our perspective and experience to an array of industries.

Our clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and start-up enterprises. We also represent investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad.

“Thomas Phillips is commended by interviewees for his “very thoughtful and elegant negotiating style” and “his knowledge and expertise in his field, which have been immeasurable in complicated negotiations.” He acts on the development, leasing and sale of large-scale projects across the USA, offering notable strength in the retail market.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017