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Daniel F. Thomas III

Partner

Daniel Thomas

Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Phone: 845-452-5900
800-817-2918
Fax: 845-452-5848
Email: Email Me

Mr. Thomas is a Hudson Valley native who, as a partner of the firm, specializes in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate law, real estate finance, secured transactions, corporate and general business law. A significant part of Mr. Thomas’s practice involves the representation of commercial lending institutions and corporate borrowers in real estate acquisition and construction loans, re-financings and workouts, asset-based and working capital financings, CIRA and U.S. Small Business Association Section 7(a) and 504 loans. Mr. Thomas’s practice regularly involves representing individuals in the formation of business entities as well as the acquisition and sale of assets, stock and other ownerships interests in such entities. He is also well-versed in the acquisition, disposition and leasing 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 World 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, Mr. Thomas published a law review article, 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 real estate fund formation and investment and commercial real estate financing (including senior and subordinate facilities, construction loans, mezzanine loans, revolving facilities and credit-backed bond financings, particularly with respect to low income housing tax credits). After leaving Jones Day, and immediately prior to joining Van DeWater and Van DeWater, Mr. Thomas worked in-house, providing legal and business services to 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate (including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and subleasing, investment, financing and development)
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Business and Corporate Law (including entity formation and structuring, purchase and sales and contract negotiation)
  • Residential Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • New York – 2008

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
      J.D. – 2007; magna cum laude; Law Review Senior Editor
  • New York University
      M.A. (World History) – 2013
  • Bucknell University
      B.A. (Philosophy and Psychology) – 2002; cum laude

Representative Matters

  • Regularly represents large U.S. based-banks in various secured lending transactions of all sizes, including with respect to real estate acquisition and development, cash out financing, revolving credit facilities and U.S. Small Business Association Section 7(a) and 504 loans.
  • Represented regional building materials supplier in the sale of a forty-nine percent (49%) interest in a joint venture to the majority interest holder.
  • Represented target accounting firms, veterinary practices and other corporate entities in the sale of each respective business (including stock and assets sales).
  • Represented not-for-profit educational institution in $18,000,000 acquisition of local historical site subject to various conservation easements and other restrictions.
  • Represented sophisticated clients in commercial leasing and subleasing matters, including, but not limited to franchisee tenants in large shopping center leases; triple net leases and ground leases.
  • Formed various business entities (including, but not limited to, limited liability companies, S and C Corporations, not-for-profit corporations and professional service corporations, for various business purposes, including as (i) real estate holding companies, (ii) medical practices, (iii) marriage and family therapy practices and (iv) educational not-for-profits.
  • Regularly represent individuals in all manner of residential real estate transactions.

Publications

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)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union – Supervisory Committee
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