Overview

Tom is a senior attorney in the firm’s Litigation Department where he co-chairs the Construction Practice Group. With over 26 years of experience in construction management and real estate development, Tom offers a unique combination of skills that pairs his broad technical knowledge of the commercial construction industry with a practical approach to dispute avoidance and resolution.

Throughout his career Tom has worked as an owner, owner’s representative, general contractor, material supplier and designer. He can read building plans, build and tear down CPM schedules, and knows the function of nearly every pertinent document of a construction project. This experience allows him to counsel his clients in an effective and efficient manner in all their construction business needs.

Tom is well-versed in the intricacies of commercial real estate development. He has bought, developed, leased and sold commercial property. Tom has created proformas, developed if-come design, negotiated easements and tenant leases, and secured financing for projects. He has constructed infrastructure, storefronts, vanilla boxes and lease-back developments in a variety of industries including medical, retail, industrial and office. Tom understands that in real estate development - time is money. His hands-on approach benefits his clients through efficient communication and prompt counsel on critical issues.

When it comes to owning and growing a business, Tom’s entrepreneurial experience affords him level-headed and sensible guidance to clients in a variety of industries. Having formed and operated a successful construction company, which was selected as the fastest-growing company in Central Ohio by Columbus Business First in 2000, Tom is competent in company formation, business planning, target marketing and staffing. Additionally, he has served on executive management teams, directed marketing and sales initiatives and developed human resource plans. Tom understands entrepreneurial drive and protects against the risks associated with creating and operating a successful business.

Prior to joining Porter Wright, Tom served as the Assistant General Counsel in the litigation department of one of the Midwest’s largest construction companies. Tom applies his extensive industry knowledge and attention to detail to prepare and advocate for his clients during all stages of litigation.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law  (J.D., 2013)
  • The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business  (B.S., cum laude, 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • LEED Accredited Professional - USGBC, 2005
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Columbus Business First, Forty Under 40, 2001
  • CALI Award, Excellence in Pretrial Litigation