Thomas J. Eastmond represents public and private clients in a wide variety of litigation matters as of counsel in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Business Services practice group, based in the firm’s Irvine office.
Thomas represents public and private institutional property owners in real estate and construction litigation involving a range of issues, including contract, payment and finance disputes, delay and inefficiency claims, and claims of defective construction. He was on the team that received a 2014 Top Verdict recognition by the Daily Journal for Western Riverside Council of Governments v. City of Beaumont. In that case, the court ordered Beaumont to pay $43 million in withheld transportation impact fees, plus $14 million in prejudgment interest.
Representative projects include roadway, reservoir, airport and other infrastructure projects, as well as shopping centers and industrial and logistics facilities. He has particular success with the state and federal False Claims acts, the Miller Act and lien, stop notice and bond remedies in private and public construction projects. He also represents private clients in litigation and contractual arbitration in a broad variety of general business and commercial disputes, including contract claims, trade secrets and secured transactions.
Thomas has significant experience in trial, appellate and writ practice, and handles multiple appeals and petitions for writs of review to the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. He also has experience with labor and employment litigation matters, as well as adversary litigation in bankruptcy court.
Thomas previously served as a member-at large of the Newport Beach Environmental Quality Affairs Committee, tasked with reviewing and commenting upon environmental impact reports submitted to City agencies.
Thomas is admitted to practice in all the courts in the State of California, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and in all the federal district courts in California.
University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D.
Brigham Young University, B.A., history