Thomas Smith’s practice is at the forefront of “smart” commercial real estate development and urban redevelopment. Mr. Smith has represented institutional and individual clients in connection with purchases, sales and financings of office, multifamily and shopping center properties in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He has strong expertise in commercial leasing of office and retail space.
Mr. Smith serves as managing member of real estate companies which own and operate office, retail and residential properties in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Acting as both developer and attorney, Mr. Smith spearheaded the redevelopment of SoNo Corporate Center, a major component of the revitalization of South Norwalk, Connecticut, as a “smart” commercial office building which featured an “incubator” program for start-up e-commerce businesses.
Mr. Smith is a founder of The Westchester Bank, a community bank based in Westchester County. Since its inception in 2008, Mr. Smith served as a member of the bank’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Loan Committee, and was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2014. Mr. Smith has successfully structured numerous financial workouts with institutional lenders and federal agencies on behalf of owners and lenders in Westchester and New York City.
Mr. Smith has represented sponsors and tenant associations in connection with the conversion of dozens of rental properties in New York City and Westchester to cooperative and condominium ownership. He and his firm represent over 250 community associations in New York City and Westchester. Mr. Smith and has served on the Board of the Southern New York Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and Attorney General Dennis Vacco’s Martin Act Task Force. He was a founder of the Council of Westchester Co-ops and Condominiums (CWCC) and has been at the forefront of the movement to provide educational and advocacy resources to the Westchester cooperative and condominium community.
As a former member of the Mount Kisco Zoning Board of Appeals, Mr. Smith has demonstrated expertise in land use procedures and has successfully represented property owners before municipal boards in connection with subdivision approvals, zoning changes, site plan approvals and variance applications. Mr. Smith provides both the business acumen and legal expertise to assist clients in the formulation and implementation of development plans.
Mr. Smith serves as Treasurer on the Board of Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE), an education foundation that partners with the Yonkers Public School District, business and philanthropic communities, and higher education institutions developing and funding programs designed to increase the number of students who complete a post-secondary program that prepares them for a successful career. Since its inception, YPIE has served thousands of low-income students each year to support their dreams for college and successful careers.
Mr. Smith has served as a member of the Bedford Central School District Construction Steering Committee, and of various other municipal committees and boards. He has received an AV rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, for fifteen years and has been designated a Super Lawyer since the inception of the program.
Professional Associations and Activities
- Member, New York State Bar Association
- Executive Committee, Board of Directors of The Westchester Bank
- Board of Directors for The Yonkers Partnership in Education
Awards and Recognition
- J.D., St. John’s University Law School
- B.A., Fairfield University