Overview

Tom focuses his law practice in the areas of construction law, government contracts, and commercial litigation.

Tom represents construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and materials-and-equipment manufacturers, among other construction professionals. He assists construction professionals in all aspects of the construction process from contracting through project close-out. Tom has experience selecting appropriate project-delivery methods and negotiating and drafting various types of construction contracts. He regularly counsels clients with the legal aspect of project management. He has experience on numerous types of projects from simple to complex, including projects delivered pursuant to IPD Agreements, Master-Services Agreements, MATOCs, and others. When disputes arise, Tom has experience handling project-related claims, such as payment disputes, construction liens, payment- and performance-bond claims, schedule-impact claims, differing site conditions, extra-work claims, default and termination disputes, construction and design defects, and various other construction matters. Tom also advises clients concerning state- and federal-government contracts.

Tom recognizes the value of alternative-dispute resolution when practical. When litigation or arbitration is advisable, Tom has experience in numerous state and federal courts and before various arbitration authorities.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Tom served honorably as a United States Marine. He continues his service to the nation by advocating for service members' and veterans' rights.

Practices

    • Assisted in representation of tunnel-boring-machine manufacturer and supplier in $10 million payment-and-performance arbitration, including negotiation of settlement.
    • Assisted in obtaining federal-court injunction for heavy-equipment manufacturer and supplier preventing disclosure of trade secrets & proprietary and other confidential information.
    • Negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of insurance-restoration contractor on $600,000 payment-and-performance dispute.
    • Assisted in representation of federal-government contractor in $3 million multi-party, multi-district litigation concerning payment and performance bonds and personal guaranties under multiple-award task-order contract (MATOC) and mentor-protégé agreement.
    • Assisted in representation of contractor in multi-party dispute under an integrated-project-delivery (IPD) agreement concerning hydroelectric-dam project.
    • Successfully defended against $4.2 million construction-defect claim and won arbitration award in excess of $600,000 for contractor on multi-project, international and domestic contract dispute and confirmed arbitration award pursuant to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.
    • Assisted in obtaining partial summary judgment and successfully negotiated settlement of all remaining claims in representation of civil engineer in defense of $1.7 million design-defect claim.
    • Assisted in jury trial concerning defense of $1 million nuisance claim and obtained summary judgment after mistrial.
    • Assisted in bench trial in defense of $1.5 million construction-defect claim concerning restoration of condominium after hurricane damage.
  • Education

    • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 2009
    • Auburn University, B.A., 2004

    Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Ohio
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • State of Ohio
    • State of Georgia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, Northern District of Georgia, and Middle District of Georgia
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law—Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association—Member
    • State Bar of Georgia—Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member
    • Associated Builders and Contractors, Northern Ohio Chapter—Member

    Community Involvement

    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Civic Leadership Institute (Class of Spring 2016)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2017-2018)
    • "Construction Law/Project Delivery Systems & Contract Risk Management," Turner Construction's Turner School of Construction Management (April 2018)
    • "Construction Law," Kent State University/Turner Construction School of Construction Workshop Series, Cleveland, OH (January 2018)
    • "What Do You Do When Contract Performance is Delayed?,” National Business Institute, Cleveland, OH (May 2017)
    • “Claims Documentation and Best Practices—How to Get Paid and Make a Profit,” ABC Northern Ohio Chapter Speaker Series, Independence, OH (April 2016)
    • “Construction Claims Documentation,” Subcontractors’ Association of Northeast Ohio (March 2016)
    • “Military Employment Law,” NEOVETS Human Resources Conference (Fall 2015)
    • “Ohio’s Prompt Payment Act,” Subcontractors’ Association of Northeast Ohio (Winter 2014)