With over 40 years of experience as a transactional real estate attorney, Tony is a noted expert, advisor, author, and developer. His practice emphasizes the acquisition and disposition of hotels, large commercial retail, multi-family and mixed-use projects, construction and permanent lending, complex participating and convertible mortgage transactions, leasing, real estate joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, real estate secured credit enhancement for tax exempt bonds, bulk loan portfolio purchases and sales, project finance, and workouts.
His clients have included developers, major real estate investment trusts, money-center and foreign banks, life insurance companies, pension funds, savings and loan associations, offshore-based corporate investors and residential mortgage banking firms. In addition to practicing law, Tony has successfully developed for his own account a number of multi-family and retail projects. These include the assemblage and entitlement of a 140-unit condominium project in San Francisco and a 100-bed student housing facility in Berkeley.
He is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of a small mortgage banking firm headquartered in the East Bay, which he grew into a large full-service mortgage company which originated, closed and serviced over $750 million annually in FHA, VA and conventional single-family home loans through a statewide network of 22 offices with over 500 employees. After selling his interest in the mortgage company, and before joining Starr Finley in 2004, Tony served many international clients as partner in large, international law firms.
Tony has published a wide range of real estate related articles in a variety of publications, including the Real Estate Review and the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Real Property Law Reporter. He has acted as a consulting editor for CEB in connection with the publication of a number of books, including Tax Deferred Exchanges by Richard Goodman, Mortgage and Deed of Trust Practice by Roger Bernhardt, Real Property Sales Transactions, and Real Estate Finance Practice, in which he is co-author of chapter 3, The Promissory Note. He has appeared regularly over the last 25 years as a featured speaker, moderator or panelist on real estate related programs sponsored by CEB, the Banking Law Institute, the Practicing Law Institute and other industry groups.
Tony is invested in the local community and for the past 30 years he has been actively involved in civic affairs. For the past four years, he has served as an Alameda County Grand Juror, he was formerly a member of the Piedmont Planning Commission, and he currently serves on the board of other organizations. Tony’s avocations have included a frighteningly unsuccessful stint as an amateur and semi-professional racecar driver in the 1980s. Having matured somewhat over the last three decades, he is now an avid, but persistently mediocre, golfer.
- California State Bar Association, Real Estate Section
- International Council of Shopping Centers
- Lambda Alpha
- American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
- American University, B.A.