Tom McConnell is a litigation shareholder in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek Office. His practice is primarily focused in the area of real estate law. Tom also handles complex business disputes. In particular, Tom’s focus is in commercial lease disputes of all varieties. He represents property owners and managers as well as several national retail tenants. Although Tom has over thirty years of trial and arbitration experience, he prides himself on engineering practical solutions to his client's problems, often leading to quick, cost-efficient results.
Tom assumed a leadership role at Miller Starr Regalia even before becoming a shareholder in 1994. Starting as an associate, he ran the firm's summer clerk program for more than a decade and was actively involved in recruiting new attorneys. For many years, Tom served as the firm's hiring shareholder. Shortly after becoming a shareholder, Tom served as one of the business leaders of the firm by being elected to serve on the firm's Executive Committee. Since that time, Tom has served on the Risk Management Committee, Mentoring Committee, and Professional Development Committee. Tom is once again serving on the Executive Committee, which he has served on for the past six years, and is the former head of the Litigation Department.
When Tom is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and his three adult sons. Tom managed his sons' various baseball teams for over 15 years and was in fact honored with the Manager of the Year Award from the Orinda Baseball Association ("OBA") in 2004. Even after his sons moved on to high school athletics, Tom served as the commissioner of the Bronco Division in OBA.
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles (1987)
B.A., University of California, Davis (1984)
- Phi Beta Kappa
J. Gordon Holmes v. Lawrence D. Farb, et al.: Represented the defendants/tenants following the expiration of their 20-year commercial lease with their landlord. Plaintiffs' allegations included claims relating to defendants' failure to maintain properly the premises and failure to return the premises in the condition required by the lease. The plaintiffs also asserted various ADA and fraud-based claims. Obtained a court decision in clients' favor on all grounds plus an award of attorneys fees.
Tamsen Munger v. Mike Vukajlovic, et al.: Represented plaintiff in a claim for breach of an exclusive contained in a commercial lease agreement. Further, defended client against a cross-complaint filed by the defendant landlord for breach of lease. Obtained a court decision in client's favor on all claims and cross-complaints and received an award of attorneys fees.
Tracy Joint Unified School District v. Ernest Pombo, et al.: Represented the owner of unimproved land in Tracy in an eminent domain action brought by the Tracy Joint USD. The Tracy Joint USD’s final offer for the 60+ acres in question was $3,181,500. In the end, the jury awarded land owner $7,985,150 in damages.
Sundby v. Metrix Corporation: Represented an individual plaintiff in a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case against a Wisconsin-based corporation with whom the client joint ventured to sell a computer software program. This case involved over 20 depositions that were taken throughout the country. Ultimately, the case was tried to a jury in the Federal District Court in San Francisco, resulting in a damage award in favor of the plaintiff in excess of $1 million.
Business Ventures, LLC v. Mountain Slopes, LLC: Represented seller in an arbitration proceeding in which buyer breached the parties’ underlying purchase and sale agreement and then subsequently sought to specifically enforce the purchase agreement despite seller’s later efforts to sell the property to a third party. Defeated buyer’s claim for specific performance and obtained an arbitrator’s award in the full amount of buyer’s deposit plus an award of attorneys fees.
Main Street Pleasanton v. Nazamy: Represented the plaintiff in a dispute involving the timeliness of the defendant's alleged exercise of an option to extend a commercial lease. Obtained a court decision in favor of the client confirming the termination of the parties' lease agreement and recovery of possession on behalf of the landlord.
Awards & Recognition
Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rating (1998 – 2018)
Super Lawyers Northern California (2005)