Thomas J. Madden, III has a general business, real property and transactional practice emphasizing the areas of land use, transactions involving the sale of real property, vineyard and winery development and the formation, governance and sale of businesses. Mr. Madden also practices in the areas of estate planning and trusts. Mr. Madden joined the firm as a partner in August 2002. A lifelong resident of northern San Luis Obispo County, Mr. Madden is the senior partner in the firm’s Paso Robles office.

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PRACTICE

Mr. Madden has a general business practice. The focus of his work in the areas of land use, transactions involving the sale of real property, vineyard and winery development and the formation, governance and sale of business.

Examples of Mr. Madden’s legal work include:

• Counseling Vina Robles Winery and its owners in the development and operation of both its winery and amphitheater businesses.

• Represented the owners of the Apple Farm Inn and the historic Motel Inn site in the sale of the properties for a record amount.

• Represented the owners of the Paso Robles Inn in the sale of their business.

• Represented the owners of Chronic Cellars in the sale of their business.

• Represented the owners of Four Vines Winery in the sale of their business.

• Represented Gary Eberle in the restructuring of the ownership of Eberle Winery which resulted in Mr. Eberle gaining majority control of the business.

• Ongoing representation of the owners of several wineries and the owners of thousands of acres of premium vineyards and vineyard properties.

• Ongoing representation on a pro bono basis of the Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association.

PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Madden practiced with the San Jose law firm of Berliner, Cohen & Biagini. In 1990, Mr. Madden joined Sinsheimer, Schiebelhut & Baggett in San Luis Obispo, where he became a partner in 1995. Mr. Madden left that firm to form his own practice, Law Offices of Thomas J. Madden, in 2001. In August 2002 he joined Adamski Moroski Madden Cumberland & Green LLP.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Santa Clara

Juris Doctor degree from the University of Santa Clara

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Mr. Madden is a member of the California State Bar and the Bar Association of San Luis Obispo County. Mr. Madden is active in North San Luis Obispo County business and civic affairs. Mr. Madden is a founding Chair with Matt Brynildson of the highly acclaimed Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival. Tom is the incoming Chair of the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee for 2015-2017. In 2015 Tom spearheaded a group that formed and put on the inaugural Santa Margarita Antique Equipment Show to benefit Pioneer Day. Mr. Madden was co-chair of the 2005 and 2006 Paso Robles Wine Festival, is past President of the Boys and Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County, a former founding director of the Children’s Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse, a former director of the Heidrick Ag. History Center in Woodland, California and the Economic Vitality Corporation of SLO County, a former director of the Cuesta College Foundation and numerous other non-profit entities. Mr. Madden is a former Board member of First Bank of San Luis Obispo and a former Director and Chairman of the board of American Perspective Bank.

PERSONAL

Mr. Madden lives in Paso Robles with his family.

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