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Thomas Leanse

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Santa Monica, CA, USA

Tom Leanse is Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. His primary responsibility is to establish legal policy for the company and oversee all legal and risk management affairs of the company.

From 1992 through 2012, Mr. Leanse was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. As a nationally recognized expert in the shopping center industry, he represented Macerich and other developers and acted as amicus curiae for the International Council of Shopping Centers. After graduating UC San Diego in 1975 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Economics, Mr. Leanse graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1978. He was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz from 1987 to 1992, and an associate and then a partner at the Long Beach office of Ball, Hunt, Hart, Brown and Baerwitz. Prior to that he was employed in Chicago, Illinois in the office of the Trust Counsel for Harris Bank and as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Mr. Leanse also acted as the General Counsel to the US Ski Association and the US Ski Team.

Mr. Leanse is on the Board of Directors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center and previously served as an officer of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League.

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