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Tom maintains residences in both Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and has an active statewide practice.

Thomas P. Carney



Thomas P. Carney focuses his practice on real estate and land use law involving a wide range of transactions and litigation matters. Tom has practiced real estate law since 2010, and he brings a unique understanding of a client's business needs having worked extensively in the real estate development and constructions business prior to practicing law.

Tom represents individuals and privately held companies in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of real property.  As a former Assistant Solicitor of the City of Wilmington, Tom represented the city as a lender in private and public residential and commercial real estate transactions and as a participating jurisdiction in federally funded affordable housing programs.  

During his tenure as an Assistant Solicitor, Tom also represented the Real Estate and Housing Department, the Planning Department, the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and various other boards and commissions of the city.  This experience provides Tom with a sophisticated understanding of municipal, land use and administrative law which is extremely beneficial during his representation of private clients seeking land use and other administrative approvals.

Tom's litigation experience involves a wide range of real property and land use disputes.  His experience includes cases dealing with quiet title actions, zoning ordinances, building codes, administrative decisions, title claims, easements rights and private nuisance actions.  Tom's practice also involves mechanics lien actions, excess proceeds petitions and a wide range of various business related matters.  


  • Acquisition, financing and development of condominiums, residential developments, affordable housing facilities, public utility buildings, public parking garages, restaurants and hotels.
  • Commercial real estate leasing
  • Mechanics' Liens
  • Litigation involving private nuisance, legally nonconforming uses, zoning disputes, government assessments against real property
  • Sheriff's sale excess proceeds petitions
  • Monition actions
  • Foreclosure proceedings
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments appeals
  • Historic Preservation Commission appeals

Professional Background

Assistant Solicitor of Wilmington

Professional Affiliations

Delaware State Bar Association

  • Real Property Section
  • LGBT Section, Vice Chair
  • LGBT Section, Past Secretary

City of Wilmington Law Department Transition Team 

News & Events

T 302.888.6822
F 302.750.1750

Practice areas


Summer clerk for the Honorable Linda K. Caracappa, US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Delaware, 2011

United States District Court for the District of Delaware


Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2010

The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, B.S., 2007

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