Tom Muller earned his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 1975, and his M.U.P. (Master’s in Urban Planning) from New York University in 1982. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from New York University in 1981 where he was Order of the Coif, a recipient of the William Miller Award for Excellence in Municipal Law, and articles editor for the New York University Law Review. Before law school, Muller worked on urban planning and economic development projects for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the Regional Plan Association.
Muller is currently a partner in the Real Estate & Land Use Practice Group at Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips LLP in Los Angeles. He assists clients (including real estate investment trusts and offshore investors) in acquisition, disposition, joint venture, ground leasing, like-kind exchange, development and financing of properties ranging from raw land to industrial and office properties, to hotels, to portfolios of regional shopping centers. He has also represented domestic and foreign lenders and borrowers in construction and permanent financings of hotel, office, retail, and industrial projects. During recessionary periods, his work involved complex loan workouts and restructurings for institutional lenders, purchasers of loan portfolios, and borrowers. Muller also has substantial expertise in land use regulation and real estate development, including environmental impact analysis, development agreements, and entitlement of mixed-use projects and master planned communities. Prior to joining Manatt, Muller was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles from 1990-2008, and was an associate at the firm from 1984-1990. He also has worked as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York between 1981 and 1984.