Thomas M. Little

Partner

Overview

Thomas (Tommy) M. Little is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Tommy represents developers, lenders and tenants in real estate financing, development and leasing matters. Tommy's practice is focused on the areas of real estate development and finance, golf and recreational amenity, resort development and commercial lending. He has extensive experience in representing developers of high-end, single-family and multifamily real estate projects, including several of the most recognized waterfront condominium developments in Florida, having aggregate sales of more than $500 million.

Tommy's practice also includes both dispositions and acquisitions of commercial developments, office buildings, mixed use projects and multi-family projects. Tommy represents both landlords and tenants in connection with commercial leases. Additionally, in the past 25 years, he has represented institutional lenders in connection with acquisition and development loans, construction loans, including syndicated loans and term loans, as well as represented several lenders in financing more than 100 private golf clubs, public golf facilities, marinas and destination resorts that have hospitality, golf and/or yachting as a primary recreational amenity. Furthermore, Tommy has represented numerous developers of mixed use projects, providing development solutions for the projects, including devising the structure, planning and documentation for the governance and operational structure of the respective project and the necessary declarations, reciprocal easement agreements and development agreements.

Community Engagement

In 2013, Tommy contributed more than 100 pro bono hours to the Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program and was recognized by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee with a Gold Award. Tommy is also very active in the community, and was previously with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Recognition

  • Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of Real Estate (2021)
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Real Estate Law (since 2006) and Leisure and Hospitality Law (since 2013)
  • Selected for inclusion to the Florida Super Lawyers lists in the field of Real Estate: Business (since 2008)
  • Recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine (2005, 2006, 2012 and 2017)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 in the field of Real Estate (2010 and 2016)

Education

  • University of Florida (J.D., high honors, 1991)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Furman University (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • Major: accounting

Admission & Professional Memberships

  • Florida
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Capabilities