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Thomas P. McAlister

  • Of Counsel

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Mr. McAlister is an AV rated commercial real estate attorney with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate development, finance and land use, specializing in shopping center and mixed use development and retail/restaurant tenant representation on a nationwide basis. He has worked extensively on multi-unit retail and restaurant expansion roll outs and acquisitions. In addition to his private practice representing numerous local and national commercial real estate development companies and retail and restaurant tenants, Mr. McAlister served as General Counsel for over 10 years for a national retail shopping center development company supervising acquisition, development, sale, finance and leasing of millions of square feet of retail shopping center space throughout the country. He is the former Chair of the Old Metairie Commission in his home parish of Jefferson and currently serves as the District A, At Large Representative on the Jefferson Parish Board of Zoning Adjustments. Mr. McAlister also serves on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of New Orleans.


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Rice University, Houston
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Realm Realty Company
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
  • Academy Sports & Outdoors
  • Tovia Capital, L.L.C.


  • Jeffrey L. Moore, CEO, Realm Realty Company
  • Jessica Garner, Corporate Counsel, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
  • Jennifer Clark, Corporate Counsel, Academy Sports & Outdoors
  • Quan Rees, Managing Partner, Tovia Capital, L.L.C.

Past Positions

  • Realm Realty Company, General Counsel, 2005-2016
  • Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein McAlister & Hilbert, L.L.C., 1999-2004
  • Hutcheson & Grundy, Associate, 1983-1986
  • McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, Associate, 1986-1990
  • McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, Member, 1990-1999

Professional Associations

  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Associate Member, 1988 to 2017
  • New Orleans Rotary Club, Board Member

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1983
  • Louisiana, 1986