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Daniel F. Thomas


Daniel Thomas

Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Phone: 845-243-5214
Fax: 845-452-5848
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Mr. Thomas is a Hudson Valley native who, as an associate at the firm, specializes in all aspects of commercial real estate practice. He devotes a considerable amount of time to commercial real estate financing transactions, representing borrowers and lenders with respect to acquisition and construction loans, re-financings and workouts and has represented major U.S. banks in everything from small commercial loans to multi-billion dollar lending transactions. He also has considerable experience representing real estate fund sponsors and investors in the formation and subscription of real estate and infrastructure-based funds. In addition, Mr. Thomas is well versed in the acquisition and disposition of both commercial and residential real property.

Mr. Thomas graduated from Bucknell University with a dual B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology and from New York University with a M.A. in history (with an area of focus in early American legal history). In 2007, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Albany Law Review, a member of the Justinian Society and the recipient of the Dean Sponsler Honor’s Teaching Fellowship. While in law school, he published his law review note, entitled Necessary Protection: An Examination of the State Farm v. Campbell Standards Test and Why Economically Efficient Rules Do Not Work at the Intersection Between Due Process and Punitive Damages, 70 ALB. L. REV. 367 (2006).

Immediately upon graduating from law school, Mr. Thomas joined the New York City office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where, as an associate, he specialized in all aspects of commercial real estate law, with particular attention paid to fund formation and investment and commercial real estate lending. After leaving Jones Day, and immediately prior to joining Van DeWater and Van DeWater, Mr. Thomas worked in house at a start-up company specializing in the distribution and installation of modular in-plant offices and other commercial pre-fabricated structures throughout the U.S.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Dutchess County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in New York State.

In his spare time, Mr. Thomas enjoys hiking, kayaking, sailing and the study of history. He resides in Orange County with his wife and miniature schnauzer.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate (Including Acquisitions/Dispositions, Fund Formation and Investment, Financing and Development)

  • Residential Real Estate

  • Commercial Transactions

  • General Corporate Law


  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
      J.D. – 2007
  • New York University
      M.A. – 2013
  • Bucknell University
      B.A. – 2002

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
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