Varnum is pleased to announce that Charles Thomson has joined Varnum’s Real Estate Practice Group as a partner. He is based in the firm’s Naples office.
Thomson is an experienced real estate attorney who has served both as general counsel for a large full-service residential and commercial real estate development and construction company as well as in private practice. He joins the firm from Seagate Development Group LLC, where he acted as chief legal officer for the company and its 40+ affiliated entities.
“We’re pleased to welcome Charles to the firm and to our growing Naples office,” said Varnum Executive Partner Scott Hill. “His experience and unique background adds a new perspective to our national real estate team.”
Thomson’s practice includes representing clients in a variety of commercial and residential real estate transactions as well as development and redevelopment projects, commercial leasing, construction, equity and debt structuring and business entity/joint venture formations. He has represented public and private developers, contractors, lenders and investors in projects including multi-phased retirement communities, multi-family apartment complexes, mixed use assets and residential and non-residential condominium projects.
“Charles’ experience with a large development group, including the development of an affiliate title insurance practice, adds another dimension to the expertise we provide for clients,” said partner Tom Forster, who leads the Naples office. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to the office and to the real estate team.”
Thomson received his law degree from the University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law. He additionally holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from the University of Florida, Hough Graduate School of Business and undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.
Thomson is the 18th attorney to join Varnum within the past 12 months, in furtherance of the firm’s growth across Michigan and Florida.