Thomas J. Phillips


Brown Rudnick LLP
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111
United States

Tel: +1.617.856.8383


Thomas Phillips is chair of the Firm’s Global Real Estate Leasing Practice Group and has been practicing commercial real estate and land use law for over 30 years. Tom advises owners, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders, and investors in a variety of property acquisitions/sales, leases, development and permitting projects, debt and equity financings, workouts/restructurings, and other sophisticated real estate transactions. While his practice spans all asset classes, he has particular experience working with retail, leisure, hospitality and mixed-use properties. He is the current chair of the ICSC (formerly International Council of Shopping Centers) Legal Advisory Council and a past ICSC state director.

Tom has for many years been recognized in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law. Clients have commented to Chambers that he “provides great market knowledge and can handle large, complex projects” and that he is “the consummate professional and extremely knowledgeable about the industry.”

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

Awards and Honors
  • ICSC, Trustees Distinguished Services Award, 2022
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, Massachusetts, 2011-2022
  • The Legal 500 US, Real Estate, 2020-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2021-2023
  • Super Lawyers, Top-Rated Real Estate Attorney in Boston, MA, 2004-2021
  • Connect CRE, Lawyers in Real Estate Award, 2021

Brown Rudnick’s Real Estate Practice capabilities span the full range of contemporary real estate issues. In all transactions, we assemble strategic teams and involve interdisciplinary practices capable of handling multiple properties in multiple jurisdictions – or across borders. This team takes pride in approaching all transactions with keen business savvy and problem-solving skills. Brown Rudnick’s real estate attorneys are recognized as being leaders in their practices. Many of our attorneys are included in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers & Partners’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. These team members are also frequently consulted by the media and participate in leadership roles in numerous professional organizations.

Brown Rudnick’s real estate group includes a number of focused areas:

  • Acquisitions & Sales
  • Development & Construction
  • Environmental, Zoning, & Land Use
  • Fund Formation & Equity Raising
  • Leasing
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Workout, Restructuring, & Foreclosure

Our clients value the depth and breadth of our Firm’s real estate practice. Fortune 500 to regional companies, major lending institutions and developers, large organizations and telecommunication firms depend on Brown Rudnick to successfully manage the full spectrum of their real estate needs and concerns.

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Our advice is practical and business-driven – not abstract or opaque. And our progressive operating model takes collaboration to a new level – benefiting like-minded clients who want muscular, integrated service, timely delivered.

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  • A strategic portfolio of premier Corporate, Litigation, Corporate Restructuring and Capital Markets legal practices
  • Dedicated client service based on a comprehensive understanding of client needs and objectives
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  • Integrated public policy advice and advocacy at key domestic political centers
  • A unique law firm model that eliminates internal politics & supports inter-office, inter-practice & international collaboration
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Tom provides great market knowledge and can handle large, complex projects.” “Tom is the consummate professional and extremely knowledgeable about the industry.
Chambers & Partners