“Tom brings the strong legal background and eye for details that we expect from our attorneys, but also brings a keen financial mind, great negotiating skills, and an ability to find practical options that are critical for deal making and dispute resolutions. We don’t hesitate to bring Tom into the fold early and often, and would not do a deal without Tom’s guidance.”
– Robert J. Aldridge, CFO, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Domaine Carneros Winery, Sequoia Grove Winery
Thomas Davenport’s practice emphasizes business organization and finance, real estate acquisitions, leasing, sales, and development, with an emphasis on the wine business. His wine practice includes winery and vineyard acquisitions and sales, vineyard leasing, grape purchase contracts, vineyard management contracts, custom crush and alternating proprietorship agreements, and distribution and brokerage agreements. He represents start-ups in corporate affairs, debt and equity financing, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate-related and environmental matters. He represents contractors in construction contract negotiation, dispute resolution, and compliance issues. He counsels non-profit clients in organizational matters, governmental regulation, and governance. He is an avid legal writer and writes frequently about subjects like groundwater sustainability, easement improvements, consulting contracts, real estate commissions, out-of-state shipping sales tax, and more. Tom excels at working through problems objectively. He approaches each problem calmly, evaluates every angle, and does not rush to a decision. Often this methodical approach leads him to a creative solution. He never forces a decision on his clients but instead presents them with a list of choices and consequences.
Tom’s clients are largely entrepreneurs, who by necessity tend to be creative and aggressive. He is able to provide the most value when consulted proactively, before problems have arisen. Many of his clients are real estate developers, contractors, real estate investors, and wineries and grape growers.
Tom enjoys hiking, fishing, backpacking, and golf. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and dogs.
- Real Estate
- California Courts
- McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
- Santa Clara University (B.S., 1989)
- Sonoma County Bar Association
- Member, Business Section, State Bar of California
- Advisory Board Member, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
- Past Member, Agribusiness Committee of the State Bar of California