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Overview

A seasoned litigator and intellectual property attorney, Tom offers clients a business-oriented approach to Intellectual Property portfolios.

After more than 30 years in law and 20+ in the IP field, Tom is sought out for his deep understanding of patent, trademark, and copyright law. With a wealth of experience navigating the intricacies of intellectual property, Tom has successfully represented clients ranging from innovative startups to established corporations.

While Tom represents clients of all sizes, he is particularly passionate about startups and emerging companies, where he works directly with inventors and business owners to launch new products or protect existing product lines. His experience spans a wide breadth of industries and products, including medical devices, agriculture, defense contractors, and consumer products. A physicist and aerospace engineer by training, Tom concentrates primarily on mechanical and electrical technologies.

Tom is well known as an attorney who seamlessly blends legal expertise with a profound understanding of business needs. A former CEO and managing partner of an IP boutique, U.S. Air Force program manager, certified financial advisor and small business owner, Tom is trusted by clients to deliver both strategic and practical legal counsel. His ability to align legal solutions with broader business objectives sets him apart, ensuring that every legal decision not only complies with the law but also enhances the overall success and sustainability of the businesses he serves.

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Recognition

  • IAM Patent 1000, 2023

Education

  • J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    • cum laude
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
Outside the Office

Tom is a true connoisseur of the outdoors, a barbecue virtuoso, and a devoted father and husband. Whether exploring natures wonders hiking and skiing, or perfecting the art of grilling, Tom brings passion to every adventure. When at home in Minnesota, Tom turns backyard barbecue into a culinary art, balancing a zest for outdoor exploration with a celebration of family and friends.

Community Leadership
  • University of St. Thomas Law School, mentor
  • EO Minnesota’s Entrepreneurs Rally, mentor
  • Minnesota Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, judge, 2020-2021
  • Good Shepherd School, former Board President and board member