Contact Information
Phone: 920.235.6690
Email: tmcdermott@oshkoshlawyers.com

Legal Assistant
Cindy Krutke
Phone: 920.235.6690
J. Thomas McDermott joined the firm in 1995 as a partner. He represents individuals and businesses in real estate and other business transactions. His practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate, including multi-family residential, commercial shopping centers, commercial/industrial warehousing, and other commercial projects.

Mr. McDermott has represented a variety of clients in all phases of real estate acquisition, development, leasing and disposition. Those services include:

• Organizing business entities, including: corporations, S-corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships and joint ventures, including single purpose, bankruptcy remote entities;

• Negotiating, drafting and reviewing real estate offers to purchase and agreements of sale;

• Reviewing title commitments and clearing liens and encumbrances;

• Real estate acquisition and construction financing, reviewing Loan Applications and Commitments, Loan Agreements, Notes, Mortgages, Security Agreements, Assignments of Leases and Rents and other loan and security documents;

• Commercial leasing and subleasing;

• Creating Condominiums, both residential and commercial, drafting Condominium Declarations, Condominium Association By-Laws, and working with surveyors to create Condominium Plats;

• Real estate refinancing transactions, including various forms of conduit real estate financing, including collateralized mortgage obligation pools and multi-tiered mortgage financing transactions and financing in which bankruptcy non-consolidation is required;

• Assisting with providing due diligence information including Tenant Estoppel Letters and Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements;

• Drafting real estate deeds and transfer returns, assignments of leases, easements, restrictive covenants and other real estate conveyance documents.

Mr. McDermott also represents a variety of business clients in connection with organizing their business entities, business planning, general contracts, and other corporate, limited liability company and partnership matters.

Practice Areas

Business Law:
• Contract Negotiation & Drafting
• S-Corporations Formation & Issues
• Limited Liability Company Formation & Issues
• Partnership Formation & Issues
• Limited Partnership Formation & Issues
• Employment Contracts
• Restrictive Covenants
• Covenants Not to Compete
• Lending
• Mediation & Arbitration
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Business Reorganizations
• Succession Planning
• Tax Exempt & Not-for-Profit Organizations
• Tax Planning & Disputes
• Trade Secrets
• Insurance

Real Estate & Construction Law:
• Purchase & Sale Agreements
• Contract Preparation & Review
• Commercial Leases & Subleases
• Offers to Purchase
• Refinancing Transactions
• Review of Title Commitments & Clearing Liens & Encumbrances
• Real Estate, Zoning, Land Use & Development
• Condominium Declarations & Association Bylaws
• Finance
• Arbitration & Mediation
• Lien Claims
• Condominium Development & Conversions
• Condominium Construction

Professional Associations/Achievements

Wisconsin State Bar Association
• Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section Member
• Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section Member


Yale University, B.A. (1973)
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (1978)

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Wisconsin (1978)
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (1979)
United States District Court for the Western Districts of Wisconsin (1978)

Community Activities

Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education
• Member

Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center
• Former Volunteer Mediator

Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, Inc.
• Past President and Board Member,

Oshkosh Youth Baseball
• Past Treasurer
• Board Member
• Coach
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