Thomas Hanley III is a partner in Glaser Weil’s Real Estate Department. Tom leads a transactional real estate and corporate practice advising investors, joint venture partners, lenders and developers in all aspects of purchases, sales, financings, lease agreements and joint ventures. He has worked with clients on hundreds of large real estate transactions ranging from office and retail to multifamily and mixed-use projects, often portfolio or multistate transactions. He also represents commercial lenders in real estate financings.

Tom’s clients rely on him not only for his extensive knowledge of real estate transactions, but also for his business sense. Tom is known for his negotiating skills and making the “impossible deal” happen. He is valued by clients for taking hugely complicated deals, unpacking them, and finding business and legal solutions to move the transactions forward to completion. As a result of his decades of success, he has garnered a loyal client base.

Tom maintains a diverse practice with deep experience in:

  • Real estate matters, including:
    • Joint ventures, purchases, sales, financings, lease agreements
    • Buyouts
    • Loan workouts
    • Pre-bankruptcy settlement negotiations and regulatory compliance
    • Asset portfolio acquisitions and dispositions
  • Corporate transactions

Tom has been recognized by several industry publications, including being named a “Best Lawyer” in real estate law by The Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500.

In the mid-nineties, Tom took a leave of absence from the practice of law and served as a peace negotiator for the conflict in Bosnia. Tom successfully negotiated the most successful cease-fire of the war, and was also the original architect of the American Plan, which became the basis for the Dayton Accord that ended the war.  In addition, he regularly speaks at different industry events.

Outside the office, Thomas is a licensed pilot and enjoys biking and traveling.


Tom’s recent notable experience includes his representation of:

  • Palisade Group, LLC, in the $47.5 million acquisition of two Class A office buildings, totaling 223,000 square feet, at 1000 and 1100 Dexter Avenue in Seattle, Washington.
  • Ocean West Capital Partners in:
    • Its acquisition of four industrial properties in the Inland Empire, a metropolitan area in California.
    • Drafting and negotiating a joint venture agreement for the purchase of a 1-million-square-foot electric vehicle plant.
  • Chartwell Properties on more than 30 of their retail and leisure industry leases, including Gucci, Burberry, Luxotica, St. John, Roche Bobois and Ralph Lauren, and market repositioning in key upmarket regions in California.
  • A family partnership in an eight-figure multi-property acquisition with three properties in Florida and a fourth in Idaho, with triple net leases in which a tenant or lessee will pay all expenses of the property, including real estate taxes, building insurance and maintenance.
  • Allied High Tech Products, a leading manufacturer and distributor, in the acquisition of an office industrial building in Carmenita, California.
  • A public entity that oversees several airports, providing advice on real estate issues including leases and development plans regarding the electrification of the aviation industry.
  • A super-grid company in the real estate aspects of a large-scale alternative energy telecommunications, infrastructure and manufacturing project to build the largest super grid in the world.

  • World-famous directors and producers, advising on the purchase of a landmark Hollywood monument.

Additional significant matters include his work with:

  • Ocean West Capital and Singerman Real Estate in the $60.5 million sale of The Hubb, a recently renovated office campus located at 100 West Broadway in Long Beach, California.
  • Ocean West Capital Partners in connection with the $93 million joint venture with Goldman Sachs to acquire a five-story, 165,000-square-foot Westwood Terrace building at 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westwood, California.
  • Ocean West Capital Partners in a joint venture for the $70 million acquisition of the Taft Building, a 12-story office building in Los Angeles.
  • A client with respect to their 36,000 square foot headquarters lease in Livermore, California.
  • Ocean West Capital Partners as part of a joint venture with Fortress Investment Group in connection with the acquisition a seven-story office building from Lionstone Investments located at 2901 W. Alameda Avenue in Burbank.
  • A client in the acquisition of a portfolio of three office buildings in Boulder Colorado.
  • A client in the sale of two large multifamily projects in Northern California.   


Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

“Best Lawyer” in Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers, 2018-2024

The Legal 500, 2017

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated

Leadership and Community

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Former director, West Coast Conference on Constitutional Law



Southwestern University, J.D. cum laude

Loyola Marymount University, B.B.A.


  • California
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