Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Tom’s practice is focused on real estate litigation. His in-depth knowledge of his clients and the real estate industry, paired with his team approach with clients, emphasizing communication, has resulted in successful strategies for his clients to cost-effectively attain their business goals. With a diverse client base, Tom has significant experience litigating complex claims related to real estate in state and federal trial and appellate courts in Illinois and in numerous other states. These matters seek various equitable and/or monetary relief including injunctions, specific performance, money judgments, declaratory judgments, evictions, quieting title, foreclosures, reformation, and rescission. Tom has litigated matters with respect to the full line of real estate products, including retail, office, apartment buildings, industrial, unimproved, railroad, hospitality, retirement, and health care properties.
- Represents an array of real estate clients, including developers, lenders, property owners, tenants, product manufacturers, contractors, mortgage bankers, brokers, railroads, attorneys, and real estate management companies
- Litigates commercial client matters related to accounting, adverse possession, condominiums, construction, consumer fraud, contract, evictions, foreclosures, joint venture claims, lender liability, lease, mechanic lien, municipality, partnership, guaranty, product liability, property right, professional malpractice, quiet title, sale/purchase, securities, title insurance, and tort claims and disputes
Named one the of the top real estate litigation lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2004, 2005 and 2011
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- Speaker, "Written Communications to Thunderous Applause: The Strategies Related to Effective Writing and Communications,” presented to clients as well as trade and attorney organizations.
- Profiled, "Tom Matyas: A Passion for Work, People and Giving Back," by John Toth, Leading Lawyers Network magazine, Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition, March 2008.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Tom's wife of 41 years, Harlene, is also a trial lawyer and they have three sons, four grandchildren, an English mastiff named George Harrison, and a cat named Mick Jagger. Outside of family, friends and law, Tom's passions are cigars, bicycling, and painting furniture.