Tom is a member of Husch Blackwell’s Real Estate, Development & Construction team and regularly advises clients on international, federal, state and local tax matters.
Tom helps clients plan their investments and transactions to have the lowest possible tax consequences. He also defends them if they are challenged by tax authorities. Tom guides clients through the difficult process of audits, administrative appeals and litigation. His clients have cases before the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, various IRS appeals officers and in the U.S. Tax Court. He has represented clients before the tax authorities of nearly every U.S. state and the District of Columbia.
Tom has successfully represented corporations, partnerships, REITs, nonprofit exempt organizations and individuals. He takes the time to understand his clients and keep them informed so that any decisions are appropriate to their unique circumstances.
Tom counsels clients that are forming, buying, selling or dividing their businesses. He is knowledgeable about the federal and state tax consequences of transactions and how to minimize the impact of taxation by multiple authorities. As businesses (often aided by technology) expand their geographic reach, they potentially fall within the ambit of many tax authorities. Tom is a valuable resource for clients navigating multijurisdictional taxation, whether crossing state lines or international boundaries.
Tom is a frequent speaker on tax topics relevant to individuals, professionals and industry groups. He has taught advanced classes in taxation at both the University of Wisconsin Law School and the graduate program of the Lubar School of Business at UW-Milwaukee.