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Thomas F. Quilling

Thomas F. Quilling

Los Angeles
555 South Flower Street
Forty-Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
San Francisco
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Thomas F. Quilling is a member of the firm’s Construction Law, Real Estate, Transactional, Environmental Law & Toxic Tort and General Liability practice groups.

Construction Transactions and Litigation Practice

Thomas works with construction industry clients from the inception of a project and the formation of contracts to the resolution of claims in litigation.  An experienced litigator, he looks for unique solutions to construction disputes to achieve solutions that are efficient and cost effective for his clients.

His construction experience also includes prosecuting and defending construction contract, construction defect and design defect claims on behalf of owners, contractors and design professionals on both private and public projects.

Thomas represents public and private entities in his Construction Practice – including educational facilities, public agencies, owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, design professionals, condo and homeowners associations.

Thomas’s construction and project administration experience covers the drafting and negotiation of construction contract documents and related documents for a range of project types and sizes, and various manufacturing, industrial, commercial, resort, mixed-use, and institutional building types.  In addition to contract drafting and negotiation, he regularly advises and represents owners, developers and contractors during the contract administration phase of large projects in connection with change orders, claims, and related project issues.

Thomas’s litigation experience covers numerous construction litigation actions ranging from standard two-party disputes to complex multi-party claims involving amounts in controversy totaling tens of millions of dollars.  His experience includes representing contractors in bid protests against state, and local governments; representing contractors and owners in private construction contract claims and disputes, including claims for changes, delays, inefficiencies, accelerations, defective work, differing site conditions, and terminations; and representing contractors and owners in defense of a range of construction actions, including mechanic’s liens, payment claims, and fraudulent claims.

Environmental Practice

Thomas’s practice involves the representation of clients in environmental and land-use litigation, transactional and compliance matters.  He is also experienced with sustainable (LEED) development.  He has represented clients in state and federal environmental and land-use litigation, including cases involving CERCLA, RCRA, CEQA and other environmental statutory and common law claims.

He has handled a wide range of federal, state and local environmental and land use matters.  His clients’ cases have included cost recovery actions for environmental cleanup expenses, Superfund and related cost contribution cases, and environmental insurance issues.  Thomas also has experience with environmental permitting and compliance matters.

Thomas regularly advises clients concerning the impact of environmental laws on all types of business and real estate matters.  He undertakes environmental due diligence, provides strategic advice, and negotiates and resolves environmental issues arising in construction or real estate development matters.  He assists in managing environmental due diligence investigations, oversight of environmental consultants, and the review and finalization of their reports.

Real Estate/Land Use/Government Relations

Thomas has represented commercial and residential developers, lenders, borrowers, sellers, buyers, investors, landlords, and tenants and individuals.  He has reviewed, negotiated and prepared all the necessary documents to complete complex residential and commercial real estate transactions, including leases, deeds, notes, liens and assignments of interest.

Thomas has also handled land use and government relations in matters related to permits, licenses, entitlements, zoning and related land use matters.

Thomas understands and advises landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, owners and developers programmatic information to effectively consummate transactions for his clients.  He also provides practical advice on transactional matters and an overview of important legal trends affecting transaction contents and invalid requirements for purchase.

General Liability

Thomas also defends general liability matters for claims involving property damage, product liability, premises liability, auto and trucking accidents.

When Mr. Quilling is not practicing law, he enjoys playing beach volleyball and spending time with his family.


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (JD, 1999)

University of Wisconsin (BS, 1989)

California State Courts
U.S. District Court, Central District of California