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- J.D., University of Southern California, 1979
- A.B., Princeton University, 1976
Thomas S. Bunn III has been an attorney with Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse, LLP, for more than 30 years. He practices business law and business litigation, with emphasis on water and water rights, public agencies, real estate, commercial transactions and bankruptcy.
In water matters, Mr. Bunn represents both public agencies and private clients, with special expertise in groundwater, water rights and water transfers. He has participated in the negotiation and implementation of groundwater management plans, and represents water producers in litigation, including groundwater basin adjudications, and before the State Water Resources Control Board. He represented Western Water Company in a groundbreaking water transfer, marking the first time that the Metropolitan Water District exchanged water with a private company for delivery within its service area.
Mr. Bunn serves on the Groundwater Committee of ACWA (Association of California Water Agencies). He participated in drafting the Groundwater Management Act (AB 3030), which allows for local control and management of groundwater.
Mr. Bunn’s real estate practice embraces all types of clients and matters, including real estate purchase and sale transactions, leasing transactions, ground leasing and all types of real estate and construction disputes. He prepares and negotiates commercial agreements, financing, security agreements and contracts of all kinds. He also represents clients in matters of litigation, and has achieved significant victories in the Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court.
In bankruptcy matters, Mr. Bunn primarily represents creditors and landlords. He was general counsel for the Ventura Port District in the first Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy ever filed in Southern California. He also has been primary bankruptcy counsel for the City of Redondo Beach, as well for as numerous individuals and small businesses, and has negotiated numerous workout and debt repayment plans.