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Attorney Bio

Tom practices primarily in the areas of commercial and consumer banking, real estate and business transactions. He regularly represents lenders, businesses, private equity funds and borrowers with structuring and documenting commercial transactions, including commercial real estate and asset-based loans. Tom also advises financial institutions with commercial loan workouts, foreclosures, bankruptcies and other creditors’ rights issues.

Tom’s focus also includes real estate transactions, including purchase and sale transactions, zoning, commercial real estate development, subdivision and other land use issues. He represents lenders, developers and municipalities with affordable housing and redevelopment projects funded by, among other things, New Markets Tax Credits, HOME and CDBG funds, LIHTC equity and other project-based subsidies.

Tom also serves as corporate counsel and board secretary for an international joint venture specializing in the manufacture of copper rod and wire.

Tom holds a bachelor degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated with distinction. He graduated from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana with the degree of Juris Doctor.


Legal Assistant:  Michelle Birk

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2001

Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association: Member
  • Allen County Bar Association: Member, Real Estate Section, Vice Chair (Present)

Representative Experience

Commercial Finance:

  • Represented lender in a $90 million unsecured term and revolving credit transaction to a regional manufacturer of goods
  • Represented borrower in a $60 million syndicated secured term and revolving credit facility transaction with a national banking association
  • Represented direct and leverage source lender in a $39 million downtown development project in Fort Wayne, Indiana, funded in part with federal and state tax credit equity
  • Represented borrower in a $34 million secured term and revolving credit transaction with a national banking association
  • Represented lender in a $20 million secured revolving transaction to a national manufacturer of goods
  • Represented lender in a $14 million secured construction loan for a 124-unit multifamily housing development

Real Estate:

  • Represented Gas Station/Convenient Store Operator in securing a special use permit to conduct a gas station operation in a limited commercial zoning district
  • Represented Board of Commissioners in securing variance and contingent use permit for a communications tower in Adams County, Indiana
  • Represented developer in rezoning bare ground to limited commercial along major thoroughfare in Allen County, Indiana
  • Represented owner-operator in securing a special use permit to conduct a recycling center and transfer station in Whitley County, Indiana
  • Represented owner-operator in securing a special use permit to conduct an auto salvage operation in Allen County, Indiana
  • Represented owner of bare ground along major thoroughfare in Steuben County, Indiana in subdividing land for commercial purposes
  • Represented municipality with the development of a prominent mixed-use commercial and multi-family affordable residential project
  • Represented owner of 160 acres of farmland in securing a special exception to conduct a hunting club operation in Noble County, Indiana

Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 40 Under 40 Honoree, Fort Wayne Business Weekly, 2014
  • Top Lawyer, Fort Wayne Monthly, 2014-2015
  • Selected for Inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009-2011 and 2013-2016
  • Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®

Community Involvement

  • Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors; Chairman (2008-Present)
  • Amani Family Services, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors; President (2013-Present)
  • Blessings in a Backpack, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors (2012-Present)
  • Headwaters Junction, Inc.:  Member, Board of Directors; Board Treasurer (Present)
  • Fort Wayne Ballet: Advisory Board Member (Present)
  • Fort Wayne Riverfront Advisory Committee:  Member (Present)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors; Board Secretary (2011-2017)
  • Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission: Commissioner (2013-2016)
  • Erin’s House for Grieving Children, Inc.: Five-term Past President and Honorary Director
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church: Past President
  • Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Allen County, Inc.:  Past President
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Leadership Development Academy: Guest Panelist
  • Notre Dame Law School: Guest Lecturer

Personal

  • 2013 Boston Marathon, Qualifier and Participant
  • Men’s Varsity Swimming Team, Indiana University, 1994-1998 (Team Captain 1998)
  • Academic All-Big Ten, 1994-1998

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