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 Innovative Development Strategies

Experienced Real Estate Counsel

Gates Property Group was formed to focus more than two decades of real estate experience on principal and advisory roles in real estate projects in the United States and a number of global markets, offering a tailored fee and equity structure that reflects the unique value and role brought to each transaction. GPG is led by Tom Gates, an experienced developer and real estate counselor.


Prior to founding Gates Property Group, Tom worked as a Development Director at Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse in Baltimore, Maryland, completed a Master of Science in Real Estate at The Johns Hopkins University, and represented commercial real estate developers and investors at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was a shareholder and Chair of the Real Estate Development and Finance Practice Group.  Tom has significant experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, across a broad spectrum of geographic and market areas.

Tom is proficient in Spanish, and his international experience includes advising Dutch, Japanese and Bahamian clients regarding real estate matters arising from their business operations in the United States, and advising U.S. clients regarding real estate acquisitions in a number of 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 a delegate to the Interlaw legal network for more than eight years, 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.


  • 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

Honors and 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

Industry Segments

Gates Property Group provides value as an advisor and as an equity partner because of experience working with:

  • Owners in the acquisition, renovation, financing, leasing, management and sale of two high-rise office buildings in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Owners, developers and tenants in connection with headquarters office facilities in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

  • Corporate tenants in the leasing of office space throughout the United States.

  • Developer of  "build-to-suit" facilities for investment-grade corporate clientele, including headquarters office facilities and regional distribution facilities, in 17 states.

  • Multinational corporation in the acquisition, leasing and sale of industrial facilities throughout the United States.

  • Regional developers in the acquisition, development, leasing and sales of retail shopping centers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Virginia.

  • Developers in the acquisition, development, leasing and sales of power centers in North Carolina and South Carolina.

  • Institutional client in the acquisition and repurposing of a major regional mall in North Carolina.

  • Developers in the acquisition, development and sale of residential, commercial and mixed use condominium projects in North Carolina and Florida.

  • Developers in the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of apartment buildings and student housing projects in North Carolina.

  • Developers in the acquisition, development and sale of large single family and townhome developments in North Carolina.


  • A Netherlands-based multinational corporation with respect to office and industrial real estate matters arising from its mergers, acquisitions and operations in the United States.

  • A publicly traded US company in a corporate acquisition involving leased and owned real estate in 12 countries.

  • Companies in the acquisition and development of industrial and resort properties in Costa Rica.


Industry Segments


Development Strategy

Development Implementation


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