Longtime Indianapolis real estate lawyer dies

Thomas Michael Quinn, a real estate attorney credited with shaping commercial development in Indianapolis, died May 14. He was 85.

In his obituary, Quinn was described as presenting, “some of the most influential and groundbreaking projects across the City of Indianapolis from large commercial developments to mixed-use developments, thus changing the landscape of a growing, thriving city.”

Thomas M. Quinn

Quinn worked on the Master Reuse Plan and Implementation Strategy for Fort Benjamin Harrison and many other planned unit developments.

“This is in addition to the introduction of major national retail entities to the city of Indianapolis and representation of national clients throughout Indiana,” the obituary states.

Quinn, who had a 53-year law career, was a longtime member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and co-founded and served as the first president of the Land Use section of the IBA. He was a member of the steering committee for ordinance revisions through the years and was on the committee to establish the city’s supplemental review process.

In 2017, Quinn was the recipient of the second-ever Zeff Weiss Excellence in Real Estate Award from IndyBar.

Quinn graduated from Indiana University with his bachelor’s degree before receiving his J.D. from Columbia University in 1962.

Quinn had recently retired from the Indianapolis law firm of Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, which was founded in part by his father.

A funeral was held on Friday for the longtime Indianapolis lawyer.

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