Andrew J. Thomas is a seasoned real estate, business, and banking trial lawyer. He has served as lead trial counsel in dozens of trials, including multi-week jury cases in state and federal courts with up to $25 million in damages. Mr. Thomas has also handled multiple trials in adversary proceeding cases brought in Bankruptcy Court involving the discharge of debts under Section 523(a). Mr. Thomas has represented nationally known banks in over 50 cases, and developers, owners, tenants, lenders, and contractors in over 100 real estate cases. He has also represented cities and elected officials in real estate cases. He holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV (Prominent Lawyer) peer reviewed rating.
Real Estate Litigation: Disputes involving purchases, sales, title insurance, promissory notes, deeds of trust and other collateralization agreements, foreclosure rights, lien priorities, and anti-deficiency laws. Trespass, nuisance, and adverse possession. Adjoining landowner disputes and easements. Commercial landlord-tenant litigation and Ellis Act litigation.
Business Litigation: Breach of contract (sale of businesses, sale of goods and distribution agreements (including litigation concerning the wholesale distribution of legal cannabis products in California); breach of services agreements; fiduciary duty, fraud, and other business torts; corporate governance and shareholder claims; judicial dissolution/accounting cases for partnerships, corporations, and LLC’s; trade secrets; and defamation.
Bank Litigation: Cases arising from letters of credit, business and real estate loans, negligent foreclosure and injunctions preventing foreclosure sales. UCC Article 3 cases involving negotiable instruments, altered checks, theft of checks, employee embezzlement, and UCC Article 9 secured transactions.
Other: During the Great Recession, Mr. Thomas was appointed by the FDIC to its panel of outside counsel and was a speaker on bank litigation at the FDIC’s Western U.S. Regional Headquarters. Mr. Thomas was appointed by the Los Angeles Superior Court in a settlement program that prior to starting a trial required both sides to meet with an experienced trial lawyer. Mr. Thomas is a diplomat of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Attorney Project (where he tried four jury trials as a temporary prosecutor).