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Tom Andersen has practiced law in Gwinnett County since his graduation from law school in 1974. After specializing in real estate, banking and commercial finance as a partner in two other Lawrenceville firms, in 1988 Mr. Andersen founded what is now Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. as a practice with his wife, Ethel Andersen. Since then, the number of lawyers has grown more than tenfold. This year and in prior years, Mr. Andersen has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine and Law & Politics in the practice areas of Real Estate and Banking and given an “AV Preeminent®” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell National Legal Directory, the highest such designation given for both lawyer competence and integrity. Mr. Andersen has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of real estate law for 2016 (and prior years) and was named Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate in Atlanta for 2016.
Mr. Andersen has concentrated his practice in real estate and banking, with primary emphasis on commercial and residential real estate acquisition, land use, development and finance. His commercial real estate practice includes representation of developers in acquisition and development of office, office and industrial, retail, light manufacturing, mixed use and other commercial projects. His significant projects include the representation of the purchaser in acquiring the Northeast segment of the Atlanta Beltline from Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation and the subsequent negotiation of sales contracts and transfer of development rights for portions of the Beltline and the sale of the Beltline to an entity involving the City of Atlanta; the assemblage of the fee simple, easement, and license interests necessary to construct and operate the 5.1 mile conveyor belt to move dirt from various locations in Clayton County, Georgia, to the fifth runway recently constructed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport; and the acquisition and financing of approximately 80 separate convenience store locations in Florida, Georgia and Alabama out of a bankruptcy proceeding involving a large convenience store owner. His residential real estate practice includes representation of developers in acquisition and development of single-family residential subdivision and multifamily townhouse and apartment communities, establishment of residential condominium regimes and conversion of apartment communities to condominiums. His banking and financial institution practice involves representation of institutional lenders in loan transactions secured by real property and personal property, regulatory compliance issues, preparation of standard forms used by various financing institutions, preparation of participation and intercreditor agreements between lenders, representation of institutional lenders in loan workouts, foreclosure proceedings, note sales and REO dispositions, and representation of purchasers in note sales and REO acquisitions.
Mr. Andersen is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association. He is past Chairman and a present Board member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, past President and a present Board member of the Council for Quality Growth, past Treasurer and Board member of the Regional Business Coalition, and is actively involved as a Board member in various other civic and charitable organizations in Gwinnett County including the Gwinnett Medical Center Hospital Foundation and the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation, for which he serves on both governing boards and each of their executive committees. In early 2006, he received the Public Service Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. He is the recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award recognizing local business leaders in the community, and was a finalist in 2001 for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award. He has also spoken at Professionalism seminars sponsored by the Georgia Bar Association, and is a Mentor under the Transition into Law Practice Program of the State Bar of Georgia.
Mr. Andersen attended Emory University Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1974. He attended Duke University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Oglethorpe University in 1971 where he was the recipient of the Faculty Award for Scholarship.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1974||10/28/2014|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Lawyer of the Year 2016||Best Lawyers||2016|
|Public Service Award||Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce||2006|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Atlanta Magazine||N/A|
|Founding Partner||Andersen, Tate & Carr, PC||1988 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce||Board Member||N/A|
|Council for Quality Growth||Board Member||N/A|
|Regional Business Coalition||Board Member||N/A|
|Gwinnett Medical Center Hospital Foundation||Board of Governors||N/A|
|Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation||Executive Committee Member||N/A|
|Emory University School of Law||Law||Doctor of Law (J.D.),||1974|
|Oglethorpe University||N/A||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),||1971|
|Guest Lecturer Georgia Gwinnett College||Law||N/A|
|Georgia Bar Association Seminar||Professionalism||N/A|