For over 40 years Tom has provided legal expertise to family-owned, closely held, and medium-sized businesses; advising clients on ownership structure, entity formation, capitalization, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions and ownership succession and transition. Tom guides business owners through every stage of ownership; providing legal counsel as they start a business, assisting as they build a successful enterprise, and eventually helping them transfer ownership to family members, key employees or a third party.
In 2014, Tom moved his practice to Morrison Sund because he felt it was a better fit for his closely-held and family owned business clients. Prior to that he practiced with the Minneapolis firms Fredrikson & Byron, and Moss & Barnett. At Morrison Sund, he enjoys the close relationships he has with clients, the opportunity to learn about their businesses, and his ability to help them overcome legal challenges. Over the years, one of the most important lessons he’s learned is that the harder one works, the luckier one gets.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Purdue University in 1968, Tom went on to get his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1973. Tom has been recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyer since 1999. He served on the Board of Directors for The Arc Greater Twin Cities and received the organizations Founders Award in 2014. Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center. He is a former board member of The Arc Minnesota and The Arc US, where he also served as the Treasurer and continues to serve on committees for The Arc US.
Tom has been married to his wife, Susan, for over 50 years. The couple lives on a small lake in the Minnetonka area where they enjoy watching the seasons unfold and spending time with their two children and five grandchildren. Despite having grown up in farm communities in Iowa, Tom loves beaches, shorelines, and large bodies of water. His boat is a 1988 Skiff Craft, a 26’ wooden boat handmade by Amish craftsmen and refurbished in 2000.