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Tom joined the firm in 2012 from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease where he served as legal counsel in the commercial and real estate practice group.

Throughout his career, Tom has developed substantial expertise in the public-private partnership arena, with a focus on developing large, complex projects throughout the region and has served as Project Counsel to multiple public and private entities regarding major P3 infrastructure projects. Tom has extensive experience dealing with complex real estate, public law and finance and governmental transactions, and represents state and local authorities and municipalities, as well as national and international investors, developers and contractors in financings, real estate acquisitions and construction projects.

Tom has served as Project Counsel to Hamilton County, Ohio on one of the largest P3 projects undertaken in Ohio. Since 1997, he has been extensively involved with the negotiation of various agreements pertaining to the $2.7 billion Redevelopment of Southern Ohio’s Gateway along Cincinnati’s downtown riverfront area known as “The Banks”. The Banks Project, one of the largest social/transportation P3’s undertaken in the Midwest, involves the construction of new stadia for the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, two new museums, reconfiguration of major interstate highways and other transportation, transit and infrastructure improvements to leverage an estimated $1 Billion in private residential, commercial, educational and retail development, including the construction of General Electric’s US Global Operations Center. The Banks Project includes major public transportation improvements totaling over $500 million, combined with up to 3 million square feet of private development. Tom also serves as Special Project Counsel to Butler County, Ohio on the $400 million Liberty Town Square mixed-use development project.

Tom also serves as counsel to ODOT with respect to $2.7 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project between Ohio and Kentucky. The $2.7 billion project involves the rehabilitation of the existing Brent Spence Bridge, construction of a new bridge that will double the capacity of the current bridge and the rehabilitation of approximately 8 miles of highway that currently carries both I-75 and I-71 traffic through the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area which connects the region to eight other states as far north as Michigan and as far south as Florida. The Brent Spence Bridge has been classified as “functionally obsolete” based on Federal Highway Administration criteria set for the National Bridge Inventory.

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Education

Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D.

Undergraduate School 

University of Cincinnati, B.A., summa cum laude

Bar Membership

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, 2007-2019

The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Construction, 2013 – 2019

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Construction Law

Chambers USA, Construction, 2012-2017

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® – Construction/Surety 2004-2019

Cincinnati Magazine, Leading Lawyer Corporate Counsel, 2005-2008

Leadership Cincinnati Class XXIII/Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2000; Steering Committee Member, 2001-2006

Hamilton County Distinguished Citizen Award, 2008

Phi Beta Kappa

AV-Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary

Commencement Orator, University of Cincinnati

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society/Scholarship Honorary

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations 

Kelly-Carol Foundation for Children with Cancer, Board President, 2001-present

Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services, Trustee and Board Chair, 2000-present

Hamilton County/City of Cincinnati Banks Working Group – Cincinnati Riverfront Development

Joint Banks Steering Committee, Member, 2006-present

Children’s Hospital Leadership Council, 1996-2002

Cincinnati Zoo, Legal Committee, 1996-2001

American Arbitration Association, Regional Advisory Council, 1991-1996

Hamilton County Association for Retarded Citizens, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1990-1993; President 1987-1990; Board Member 1985-1994

Allied Construction Industries

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Leadership Council

St. Mary Athletic Association, President, 1992-1995