Thomas J. "Tom" Phillips

Thomas J. "Tom" Phillips

Brown Rudnick LLP

Recognized since 2012

Boston, Massachusetts

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law

Real Estate Law

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Tom Phillips, Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been practicing commercial real estate and land use law since 1987. He has counseled owners, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and investors in a variety of property acquisitions and sales, development and permitting projects, leases, debt and equity financings, workouts/restructurings and other sophisticated real estate transactions spanning virtually all asset classes. He has particular experience working with retail and mixed use properties and is the immediate past State Director for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Tom has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Tom was a partner in the Boston law firm of Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar, where he served as Real Estate Department Chair.


  • One Financial Center
    Boston, MA 02111


  • Boston University , J.D., graduated 1987
  • Bowdoin College, AB, graduated 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts Bar Association


  • American Bar Association: Real Property, Trust and Probate Law and Business Law Sections - Member
  • Boston Bar Association - Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) - Legal Advisory Council (2012-present)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Appointed to Property Law Section Council (1995-1998) - Member
  • NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association - Member
  • National Retail Tenants Association (NRTA) - Member
  • Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) - Member
  • Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) - Member

Brown Rudnick LLP
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

46 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

16 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

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