How Tom Helps Clients
An uncommon career path prepared Tom remarkably well for his current role.
Tom worked as in-house counsel at a financial services company which he joined during its Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. He then worked as a creditors' rights lawyer representing secured lenders, and that role evolved into his current one as a finance transactions lawyer.
Tom focuses his practice on debt financing and secured transactions, including origination of asset-based and acquisition financing, leveraged finance and other lending transactions. He has handled the structuring and documenting of large syndicated transactions and single lender credit facilities involving both public and private entities. He also has experience, both as lender's and borrower's counsel, with secured and unsecured loans to middle market companies.
Other focus areas are commercial credit restructurings and corporate reorganization. He has participated in precedent-setting litigation in bankruptcy cases addressing issues of collateral perfection and retention of professionals.
What Clients Can Expect
Clients who engage Tom for a finance transaction appreciate his legal advice, his attentive and responsive manner and the congenial way in which he works with all involved.
The finance practice presents the opportunity to work with the same client contacts over the course of numerous transactions. Tom genuinely enjoys the working relationships that have developed over the years, and credits these connections as the main reason he continues to work in the finance area.
Outside the Office
When he's not working, Tom likes to golf, even on the days he doesn't golf well. He also enjoys biking and sporting clays. Tom is married with two grown children and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Luna who still lives at home.
I try to respond to clients' needs in a way that adds more value than the other lawyers a client could retain.
- The Best Lawyers in America® list (since 2005).
- Named Pittsburgh Banking Lawyer of the Years by Best Lawyers in 2010 and 2017.
- Recognized for his work in banking and finance by Chambers USA (2014-2017).
- Presenter for continuing legal education and private seminars on related practice matters, including U.C.C. Article 9, investment property as collateral and other topics.
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1983
Denison University, B.A., 1977, magna cum laude
Allegheny County Bar Association
Association for Corporate Growth
Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, American Bar Association Section of International Law
Ohio State Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association
Tocqueville Committee of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania