“As a business owner for over 30 years, I often reflect upon situations and relationships that were pivotal in my career. Establishing a relationship with Tom Andersen for guidance and advice over the past two decades was one of those pivotal moments. Tom's ability to grasp fundamentals of the variety of decisions facing business owners and offer direct, practical advice for a path forward is unmatched. He treats a $1000 decision with same care and integrity as a $1Million decision, and I would not be at this place in my career without Tom and the team at Andersen, Tate, Carr. “

-Rick Porter, Richport Properties

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, Tom founded what is now Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. as a practice with his wife, Ethel Andersen in 1988. Since then, the number of lawyers has grown more than tenfold.

Tom 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, syndication and intercreditor agreements, representation of institutional lenders in loan workouts, foreclosure proceedings, note sales and REO dispositions, and representation of purchasers in note sales and REO acquisitions. An avid proponent of public parks, he has represented municipalities and charitable organizations in the purchase and sale of land for public use as parks and green space.  

Honors and Awards
  • 2016 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Greater Atlanta by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Georgia Super Lawyer for 2017 and prior years
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017 and prior years
  • “AV” Preeminent Rating by the Martindale-Hubbell National Legal Directory
  • 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm - Real Estate
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
Education
  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Juris Doctor – 1974
  • Oglethorpe University
    • Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) – 1971
    • Honors: Recipient, The Faculty Award for Scholarship
    • Major: Economics
  • Duke University
Classes/Seminars
  • Professionalism Seminars, Georgia Bar Association
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • The State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman and Present Board Member
  • Council for Quality Growth, Past President and a Present Board Member
  • Regional Business Coalition, Past Treasurer and Board Member
  • 2014 Distinguished Service Award for the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation
  • Public Service Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, 2005
  • Partnership Gwinnett Award for Influence, 2013
  • 2009 Distinguished Citizen Award, Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Georgia Council
  • Recipient, Sam Walton Business Leader Award
  • Past Chairman and a Present Board member, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President and Board member, Council for Quality Growth
  • Board Member, Gwinnett Medical Center Hospital Foundation
  • Board Member, Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation