- Florida Real Estate Salesperson’s License (since 1977)
- Florida Real Estate Broker-Salesperson’s License (since 1984)
- J.D., Nova University Law Center (also known as Nova-Southeastern Law School - Shepard Broad Law Center)
- B.S., Finance/Risk Management/Real Estate, Florida State University, 1980
Thad is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Real Estate Law and practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, real estate development and construction law, title review and insurance and general business matters in Florida. He is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list for Real Estate. He is a Director of the Firm and a member of the Construction and Real Estate Groups.
Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby in 2003, Thad was a partner with Cummings & Lockwood in Naples, Florida. He formerly served as senior counsel for WCI Communities Inc., a publicly traded real estate development company; and general counsel for Coral Ridge Properties Inc., the developer of a large portion of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the principal developer of Coral Springs, Florida.
Thad also held the positions of counsel for Westinghouse Electric Corp. and vice president and counsel for Lone Star Industries Inc. (which at the time was the largest cement company in the Western Hemisphere).
Today, he handles the legal needs of individuals and businesses with high-end residential and commercial transactions as well as builder-developers in connection with real estate development, including the acquisition and development of acreage into commercial projects and planned subdivisions, complex business sale, lease and financing transactions, and disputes involving businesses, contracts and real estate matters. He also assists with business and venture formations, closings and title insurance, serving as an authorized title insurance agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance, Inc., Chicago Title Insurance Co. Inc. and Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Inc. (The Fund).
His representative transactions have included the successful negotiation and closing of numerous real estate project financing transactions; and business sales and acquisitions involving shopping centers, apartment complexes, and other commercial and residential property. He successfully structured the offering and sale of the former Wiggins Pass Marina site in North Naples.
Thad has assisted several persons facing foreclosure, short sale and related matters through his efforts with local service organizations that serve those who are in need and cannot afford to obtain counsel. He received a Pro Bono Recognition Award from Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. in October of 2011, was named Attorney of the Month in December of 2011 by Legal Aid Service of Collier County, Inc. and in April of 2013, received the Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from Legal Aid Service of Collier County.
He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the Collier County Bar Association, the Florida Bar Condominium and Planned Unit Development Law Committee, the Bonita Springs Chamber Leadership Class of 2006-2007, the Naples Area Board of Realtors, the Collier County Building Industry Association, the Naples Chamber of Commerce and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (Delta Lambda Chapter at Florida State University).
Thad is a former member of the Collier County Industrial Development Authority. He has also been active in politics as a founding member of the Collier County Republican Club and has served as a member of the Collier County Republican Party Executive Committee.
Thad is a former member of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services, the Naples Gulfshore Rotary Club and the Naples Bath & Tennis Club Condominium Association. He is the former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Caring Place School (now known as the Village School), part of the North Naples United Methodist Church.