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Tilman Thomas Gates
"is an expert in commercial real estate, including the acquisition, leasing, financing and disposition of various developments."
-Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008


Tom Gates is a deeply seasoned commercial real estate attorney, representing clients in the acquisition, leasing, financing and disposition of retail, office, industrial, and multi-family residential projects, including mixed-use and residential condominium developments.


Through his work as a development director at Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse in Baltimore, Maryland, completion of a Master of Science in Real Estate at The Johns Hopkins University, and 17 years representing commercial real estate developers and investors at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, North Carolina, he has demonstrated significant results for clients in all aspects of the real estate development process, and across a broad spectrum of market areas.


Tom is proficient in Spanish, and his international practice includes advising Dutch, Japanese and Bahamian clients on the real estate aspects of their business operations in the United States. He also advises U.S. clients on real estate acquisitions in several foreign countries. Together with members of Arias & Muñoz, a law firm with offices throughout Central America, he co-authored the Costa Rica chapter of "Real Estate Investment, Development & Law in Emerging Markets," published by PEI Media Ltd. (2010).


As the principal RBH delegate to the Interlaw legal network for nearly a decade, including two terms as Chair of the North American Real Estate special business team, Tom built strong professional and personal relationships with lawyers at 79 law firms in 133 cities throughout the world.

Tilman Thomas Gates

Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, real estate, 2012-17

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, real estate, 2008-16

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

  • Counselors of Real Estate, National Chair's Award, 2012



  • Duke University, J.D., cum laude, 1998

    • Special Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1997-98

  • Johns Hopkins University, M.S. in Real Estate, 1996

  • Duke University, A.B., cum laude, 1992

Community Affiliations

  • Queens University, Board of Visitors, 2015-present


  • Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, 2003-14

    • Chairman, 2006 and 2012-14


  • Catawba Lands Conservancy, Board of Directors, 2004-10

    • Secretary, 2008-10

    • Executive Committee 2008-10

    • Lands Acquisition Committee, 2000-12 (Chairman, 2004-10)

  • Charlotte Preschool Partnership, Board of Directors, 2006-08

    • President, 2008

Professional Affiliations

  • Counselors of Real Estate, 2010-present

    • Carolinas Chapter Board of Directors, 2011-present (Chairman, 2015-present)


  • Interlaw Delegate, 2008-2015

    • North American Real Estate Special Business Team, Co-chair, 2011-2016


  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Grievance Committee, 2011-14


  • Leadership Charlotte, Class 27

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section,2000-present

  • Urban Land Institute, Associate Member, 1999-present




"Tom Gates gives 'outstanding legal advice and shows flawless judgment as a counselor.' His commercial real estate practice includes the financing, acquisition and disposal of industrial and mixed use developments."

-Chambers USA 2012

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Tilman Thomas Gates

"Tom Gates offers clients an impressive level of experience on international real estate transactions. Peers commend him as a 'skilled attorney,' and he provides strength in the acquisition, financing and disposition of commercial properties."

-Chambers USA 2016

Our office is located in the G.G. Galloway House in the Dilworth Historic District

602 E. Morehead St​

Charlotte, NC 28202


Tel: (704) 800-5585




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Furniture Showroom

Furniture Showroom

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Conservation Easements

Conservation Easements

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Corporate/Tenant Representation

Corporate/Tenant Representation

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