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Thomas W. Forster Partner

Ann Arbor
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Tom is a real estate and corporate attorney. He counsels clients on real estate and corporate matters, including the acquisition, sale, leasing and subleasing of commercial property and assets; the negotiation of real estate partnerships and joint ventures; the syndication of membership interests and the acquisition, financing, preservation and sale of market rate and affordable housing developments, office buildings, and industrial properties. Tom represents a broad range of clients from publicly-held companies to closely-held family businesses as well as privately-held corporations, private equity funds and individuals, investors, builders, developers, lenders and property managers.


  • Wayne State University Law School
    Detroit, Michigan
    J.D., cum laude, 2000
    Associate Editor, Wayne State Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    B.G.S., Philosophy and Psychology, 1996

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in the acquisition and financing of a seven shopping center portfolio with properties in four states
  • Advised client regarding an equity investment in a portfolio of 21 student housing projects valued more than $500 million
  • Represented client in an office building refinance loan of $92 million with multiple lender participants
  • Counseled client on acquisition, preservation, financing and tax credit syndication of four projects with a value in excess of $40 million
  • Assisted with joint venture involving more than 30 properties relating to concrete and sand and gravel operations
  • Advised client regarding a 200,000 square foot build-to-suit industrial lease
  • Guided client in development of a shopping center with more than 400,000 square feet of leasable area
  • Served as intern to the Honorable Justice Patricia Boyle of the Michigan State Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Affordable Housing Section
  • Michigan Housing Council
  • National Housing and Rehabilitation Association
  • National Leased Housing Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • Wayne State Law School Alumni Association

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Ann Arbor, Class of 2009


  • Best Lawyers in America® since 2017
  • Selected to Super Lawyers®, 2013 to 2017
  • Selected to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2008  to 2012
  • DBusiness© Top Lawyers, 2013
  • Community Alliance Star Award, 2012
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