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Tom Stewart is the Chair of Downey Brand’s Real Estate practice group, and splits his time between the firm’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices.

Tom has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, but has concentrated his practice in the areas of leasing and sales, having represented clients in thousands of such transactions over the last 25 years. He is one of the most experienced office-leasing attorneys in the state, and has handled some of the largest office-lease transactions in California. Tom was lead attorney for the tenant in the lease transaction that received the Summit Award for the “Most Significant Lease Transaction” in Los Angeles from the Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association/BOMA Los Angeles. His clients include Health Net (for which he has handled hundreds of transactions), Hines, Berkeley Land Co., Kaplan Education, Buzz Oates Enterprises, Mariani Packing Company, Inter-Cal Real Estate Corporation, numerous real estate investors, and even a number of law firms. He is an investor in many commercial real estate projects, which gives him a practical, real-world perspective that is uncommon for lawyers.

Tom has received the highest ranking from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory in recognition of his reputation among his peers in the legal profession: A (meaning very high to preeminent) in the Legal Ability Rating and V (meaning very high) in the General Recommendation Rating.

• University of California, Hastings College of the Law; San Francisco, California (J.D., 1985)
• University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1982)



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