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J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1994
Admitted to practice
Tom has been representing clients for over 20 years. He is a construction and business lawyer with a strong background in design professional law and contract negotiation with a passion to help his clients build their businesses and negotiate good deals. Tom was an independent business person – electrical contractor – in the construction industry before he went to law school. Tom began in private practice representing construction owners and small businesses. He became General Counsel for a major multinational architecture firm early in his career. After 13 years with the architecture firm Tom transitioned back to private practice. His clients are predominately design professionals and independent business people or their companies.
The type of work that Tom does for clients includes:
- Negotiating contracts
- Setting up companies to be business and tax efficient
- Helping businesses with basic documents such as leases, franchise agreements, employment agreements and waivers
- Serving as outside general counsel and
- Mediating disputes
Tom has drafted and negotiated numerous design professional contracts from stadia, hospitals and corporate headquarters to small tenant improvements and remodels. He has participated in negotiating several integrated project delivery contracts. Tom brings his strong negotiation skills to his role as Mediator. He has worked with firms with staffs as large as 30,000 and as small as two.