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."

All Service Areas

Education

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

Admissions

  • State - Ohio
  • State - Michigan

Notable Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions [Company side exits]:

  • Representation of venture-backed workforce management software company in sale to publicly traded global acquirer.
  • Representation of venture-backed cloud computing company in sale to Silicon Valley based Fortune 1000 acquirer.
  • Representation of SAAS company in sale to Boston based publicly traded acquirer.

Venture Financings [Company side]:

  • Representation of B2B wearable tech software company in Series Seed venture capital financing.
  • Representation of B2B2C real estate software company in Series Seed venture capital financing.
  • Representation of B2C travel software company in Series A venture capital financing.
  • Representation of B2C familytech software company in Series A venture capital financing.
  • Representation of B2B data analytics and social optimization software company in Series A venture capital financing.
  • Representation of B2B data analytics InsureTech company in Series A venture capital financing.
  • Representation of B2B2C ecommerce company in Series A venture capital financing with a publicly traded corporation.
  • Representation of B2C Y Combinator company in Series A venture capital financing and various bridge financings.
  • Representation of B2B heath IT company in Series A venture capital financing.
  • Representation of Boston based B2B2C AR/VR software company in Series Seed venture capital financing.
  • Representation of B2B AdTech company is Series Seed and Seed Plus venture capital financing.
  • Representation of Austin based B2B health IT company in Series Seed financing.
  • Representation of Durham based B2C health IT company in Series Seed financing.
  • Representation of Michigan and Silicon Valley based TeleHealth company in Series Seed and Seed Plus venture capital financing.

Venture Financings [Investor side]:

  • Representation of private equity fund in a $17 million secondary sale in a logistics data tech company.
  • Representation of venture capital firm is a $15 million Series B financing of a New York software tech company.
  • Representation of venture capital firm in a $6 million Series A financing of a New York AdTech company.
  • Representation of venture capital firm in over ten seed stage financings ranging from $100,000 to $1.5 million in the software technology sector, including IoT, data analytics, health IT, FinTech, and AdTech.

Venture Capital and Other Investment Fund Formations:

  • Representation of $57 million venture capital fund-of-funds founded by major corporations in formation and in numerous underlying fund investments.
  • Representation of a series of $40 million private equity funds focusing on manufacturing and health care.
  • Representation of a series of $6 million real estate investment funds.
  • Representation of a series of venture capital seed and angel funds, each holding at least $2 million in funds.

Other:

  • Representation of material science company in joint venture with publicly traded company.
  • Representation of developer in equity offering for $22 million real estate development project.
  • Representation of numerous university spinouts and startup companies in the negotiation of software, patent, and other intellectual property licenses with technology transfer departments.
  • Representation of numerous software companies in the negotiation of enterprise level software agreements and software as a service agreement with commercial clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

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