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.