Summary

Tom assists both start-up companies and venture capital funds with a variety of corporate transactions, including all stages of growth financings and exit transactions. He works with start-up companies through the entire life cycle of business development, including strategic counseling at the ideation stage, investor matching, venture financings, commercial contracts, software licensing, equity incentive planning, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Tom has experience representing numerous venture capital and private equity funds with respect to fund formation, portfolio management, and compliance related matters.

Civically, Tom serves as an advisor and mentor to numerous entrepreneurial programs - The Brandery, OCEAN Accelerator, Desai Accelerator and TechArb Student Venture Accelerator. He serves on the board of directors of Intermitten, an annual conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, designed to showcase the intersection of creativity and technology. He is also a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital related matters throughout the region.

Tom received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in markets and management and political science from Duke University. In 2012, he graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. During law school, he served as a student attorney for the University of Michigan Entrepreneurial Legal Clinic, where he counseled early-stage, high-growth businesses. He is a member of the University of Michigan Law School alumni student mentoring program. Tom also has experience in business consulting, as he helped university spinoffs from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business receive venture capital and seed funding. Tom also interned for Chief Judge Jennifer B. Coffman on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He was an editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and authored a Note for the volume 45 edition titled "Reform that Understands Our Seniors:  How Interdisciplinary Services Can Help Solve the Capacity Riddle in Elder Law."

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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School (2012)
  • Duke University (2009)

Admissions

  • State - Ohio
  • State - Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • Desai Accelerator (Volunteer)
  • OCEAN Accelerator (Mentor)
  • TechArb Student Venture Accelerator (Volunteer)
  • The Brandery (Volunteer)

Community Involvement

  • Intermitten (Board Member)
  • University of Michigan Law School (Alumni-Student Mentoring Program)