Thomas M. Little



Thomas M. Little is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Thomas represents developers, lenders and tenants in real estate financing, development and leasing matters. Thomas' 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.

Thomas' practice also includes both dispositions and acquisitions of commercial developments, office buildings, mixed use projects and multi-family projects. Furthermore, Thomas 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.


Thomas received his J.D. from the University of Florida, with high honors, in 1991, was elected to the Order of the Coif and received his undergraduate degree in accounting, magna cum laude, from Furman University.

Professional Memberships

Thomas is a member of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Community Engagement

In 2013, Thomas 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. Thomas is also very active in the community with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.


Thomas has been Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ and was selected for inclusion in the 2008 – 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® lists. In 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2017, he was recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine and was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2006 in the fields of real estate law and leisure and hospitality law. In 2010 and 2016, The Legal 500 recognized Thomas in the area of real estate.