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Thomas S. Onder

Shareholder

Phone: 609.219.7458
Fax: 609.895.7395

tonder@stark-stark.com

Princeton, NJ

993 Lenox Dr, Building 2
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 609.896.0629

Thomas S. Onder is a Shareholder and Chair of the Shopping Center & Retail Development Group, as well as a member of the Real Estate, Litigation, and Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Groups of Stark & Stark.

Mr. Onder is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”) and concentrates his practice in the area of commercial leasing and litigation, focusing in commercial landlord disputes and secured transactions before state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as the Federal Claims Court in Washington, DC. Mr. Onder also represents cooperative, condominium and homeowner associations regarding delinquent owners in bankruptcy filings and rent receiverships.

Mr. Onder is regularly involved in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy forums representing commercial landlords and developers, financial institutions, equipment leasors and trade creditors in a variety of matters, including the prosecution of commercial eviction and collection actions, pursuing promissory note and guarantee obligations for financial and developmental institutions, replevin actions for commercial equipment lease holders, and creditor representation in Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy proceedings, including bankruptcy § 363 sales, reclamation claims and motions for relief.

Mr. Onder regularly represents a number of commercial landlords and developers as creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings across the country. Currently, he is litigating in the Eastern District of Virginia in the Toys “R” Us bankruptcy case; District of Delaware in the Mattress Firm, Charming Charlie’s, and Claire’s bankruptcy cases; in the Southern District of New York in the A&P and Tops Holdings bankruptcy cases; in the Eastern District of Missouri in the Payless bankruptcy case; and in the District of Minnesota in the Gander Mountain bankruptcy case, all representing and protecting landlords’ rights. He has also appeared recently in the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Western District of New York, and Southern District of Florida for landlords on assumption/rejection of lease issues.

Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Mr. Onder was a law clerk for United States Bankruptcy Judges Kathryn C. Ferguson and Raymond T. Lyons in Trenton, NJ. Prior to his clerkship, Mr. Onder was a legal editor for Collier on Bankruptcy and various commercial legal treatises at LexisNexis. In addition, Mr. Onder interned for United States Bankruptcy Arthur Gonzalez in the Southern District of New York, while in law school.

Mr. Onder is a frequent contributor to the New Jersey Law Blog. You can read Mr. Onder’s most recent blog post here. He is also a member of Stark & Stark’s Stark & Stark’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

  • Mercer County Bar Association - Trustee; Chair of the Bankruptcy Section
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) - State Chair for PA/NJ/DE Region through 2020
  • Next Generation (ICSC) PA/NJ/DE - Past Chair
  • Certified Commercial Investment Monitor (CCIM) - Monitor
  • Mercer County Community College - Foundation Board
  • Stark & Stark's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee - Member
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars List issued by Thompson Reuters (Methodology)
    • 2011 – 2013; Bankruptcy: Business, Business/Corporate, General Litigation

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  • Moderator, The Future of Shopping Center Leases. NJICLE. July 28, 2021.
  • Presenter, Just What the Doctor Ordered: Medical Leasing Issues. ICSC Law Conference. October 23-25, 2019.
  • Moderator, The Next Wave: Franchiser / Franchisee Bankruptcy and the Impact on Commercial Leaseholds. ICSC Philadelphia Deal Making Conference. September 11-12, 2019.
  • Presenter, Medical Uses in Shopping Center Leases for NJ ICLE on Re-Evaluating Shopping Center Leases Program. July 31, 2019.
  • Moderator, NJDEP’s Next Requirements for Environmentally-Impacted Commercial Real Estate. Union League, Philadelphia. March 26, 2019.
  • Presenter, Legal Leasing Issues, including Bankruptcy Update. Key West Best Practices Retreat. January 26-29, 2019.
  • Beer & Spirits Issues. ICSC Law Conference. October 24-27, 2018.
  • Co-Chair, 2018 PA/NJ/DE ICSC Deal Making Conference. September 2018. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Moderator, Local Rule Changes. IWRC/Mercer County Bar Association. February 8, 2018.
  • Legal Leasing Issues and Trends. Key West Best Practices Retreat. January 25-28, 2018.
  • Bankruptcy Basics. Mercer County Bar Association. November 14, 2017.
  • Medical Leasing Issues. ICSC Law Conference. October 26-28, 2017.
  • Bankruptcy Basics. Mercer County Bar Association. November 15, 2016.
  • Bankruptcy & Taxes–Everything You Wanted to Know & a Few Things You Didn’t. IWIRC and Mercer County Bar Association. October 20, 2016.
  • Non-Traditional Uses for Space. ICSC PA/NJ/DE Deal Making Show Atlantic City. September 13, 2016.
  • Non-Traditional Uses. PA/NJ/DE ICSC Idea Exchange. September 11, 2016.
  • Medical Uses in Shopping Centers–A Retail Mural. PA/NJ/DE ICSC Idea Exchange. September 8, 2015.
  • Updating New Jersey’s Liquor License Laws: Smart Legistlation for Development in the 21st Century ICSC Government Relations. ICSC Next Generation Convention. August 19, 2015.
  • Effects of Bankruptcy on Real Estate Matters. Mercer County Bar Association Real Estate Section CLE. June 16, 2015.
  • Commercial Landlords – Avoid Lease Landmines. Stark & Stark CLE Seminar. March 11, 2015.
  • 1031 Exchanges: A Legal & Tax Perspective. Stark & Stark, Hill, Barth & King, and Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce Seminar. February 24, 2015.
  • Bankruptcy and Landlord/Tenant Law: An Overview on Issues Affecting Commercial and Residential Landlords and Tenants. Mercer County Bar Association. Xtreme CLE. October 29, 2014.
  • Legal Considerations for Start-Up Distillers in New Jersey. Cooper River Distillers. October 25, 2014.
  • Co-Chair, Jumping Legal Hurdles – Avoiding Pitfalls and the Most Effective Ways to Negotiate and Get Your Deal Done. ICSC Next Generation National Conference. July 29, 2014.
  • Effective Ways to Negotiate and Get Your Deal Done. ICSC Next Generation National Conference. July 29, 2014.
  • Indemnification Clauses and other Contractual Issues. CAI – NJ Business Partner Best Practices Roundtable. June 19, 2014.
  • Moderator. ICSC’s NJ/PA/ and DE Next Generation Developer Showcase “King of Prussia.” November 6, 2013.
  • Rent Receivership of Priorities in Foreclosure: Practical Enforcement Tips for Property Managers and Boards. CAI New Jersey Convention and Expo. October 24, 2013.
  • Bankruptcy in Foreclosure and Divorce, Sterling Education Services: Family Law Hot Topics & Current Issues. March 5, 2013.
  • Digital Forensics and E-Discovery – Ignorance is not a defense! Mercer County Extreme CLE.  November 7, 2012.
  • Bankruptcy Issues Affecting Commercial Landlords and Tenants. 14th Annual William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference. May 11, 2012.
  • Bankruptcy and Eviction Issues, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Middlesex County, February 16, 2012.
  • The Intersection of Probate and Bankruptcy Law: How to Proceed with Creditor Claims Against Estates, Mercer County Bar Association, Xtreme CLE, October 26, 2011.
  • The Intersection of Eviction and Bankruptcy Law in New Jersey: Issues To Know Before, During and After a Bankruptcy for Debtor Tenants and Creditor Landlords, Real Estate and Bankruptcy Sections of Mercer County Bar Association, February 15, 2011.

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Princeton, NJ

993 Lenox Dr, Building 2
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 609.896.9060
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 609.896.0629
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40 Lake Center, 401 NJ-73, Suite 130
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856.874.4443
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777 Township Line Road, Suite 120
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5 Pennsylvania Plaza 23rd Floor
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The Bellevue 200 S Broad St #600
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