Thomas C. Arendt

Thomas C. Arendt Member

P: 602.262.5925
F: 602.495.2636
L: Phoenix

Mr. Arendt is a Member of the firm’s Real Estate Department. He is experienced in acquisition and development, leasing, and real estate workouts and foreclosures. His representation has included various ground-up developments, retail centers, as well as banks and lenders in deed of trust and mezzanine projects.

Mr. Arendt is a Certified Real Estate Specialist with the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has been listed as a Southwest Super Lawyer for over seven consecutive years and has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate since 2002.

Mr. Arendt is currently a member of the State Bar's Real Estate Advisory Commission.

Areas of Focus

  • Real Estate Law

Representative Engagements

  • Acquisitions for investors throughout the Western United States*

  • Represented Phoenix-based developer who has developed 5,000,000 square feet of retail and commercial property in the state of Arizona*

  • Represented Phoenix-based developer on ground-up redevelopment of a two-block city center in downtown Phoenix*

  • Assisted various development entities in the ground-up development of nine power centers in the state of Arizona, including the largest power center*

  • Representation of banks and other lenders in deed of trust and mezzanine financings, workouts and foreclosures of commercial real estate including hospitality projects*

  • Significant leasing work on the Salt, Gila and Navajo Reservations*

  • Ranch purchases and sales, including water and water rights*

  • Representation of developers in substantial governmental development agreements (incentive agreements)*

    *Representative experience prior to joining Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author, “Lease Negotiation Handbook” (ALI-ABA) (2003)

  • Presenter, “Redevelopment: Special Issues for Leasing in Mixed-Use Developments,” Law Seminars International (2008)

Honors and Recognition

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2002-2018) in the category of Real Estate Law

  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2017) in the category of Real Estate Law

  • Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media, Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law (2013)

  • Listed, Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona (1982-present)
    Certified Real Estate Specialist, (1992-present)
  • Phoenix Regional Sports Authority
    Past Member of Board of Directors, three years
    Past Member of Board of Directors, three years

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona, (1982)


  • J.D., Arizona State University, 1982
    cum laude
    Managing Editor, Law Review, Arizona State Law Journal
  • B.A., University of Arizona, 1979
    High Distinction
    Phi Beta Kappa