He represents clients in all types of commercial litigation, including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes and claims, business tort and breach of contract cases, trust and estate matters, energy law, and land use matters. Tom also has extensive experience representing clients in all types of civil appeals in federal and state courts.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and he serves on the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners. He has also taught courses at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law, and has published numerous articles on a wide variety of legal topics, which have appeared in journals such as the Iowa Law Review, William Mitchell Law Review, Hamline Law Review, Arizona State Law Journal, DePaul Law Review, Drake Law Review, Gonzaga Law Review and Missouri Law Review.
Tom is a founding member and former chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Eighth Circuit Bar Association, and has served on the boards of directors of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and the Federal Bar Association (Minnesota Chapter). Tom is also active in the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and belongs to the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, which presented him its Amicus Award in 2012.
Outside his practice, Tom is also involved in pro bono and community efforts. He coordinates the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal pro bono program, which he founded and has run for the past 15 years, serving hundreds of pro bono clients. He also serves disadvantaged clients through the Federal Pro Se Project, and chairs Winthrop & Weinstine’s Pro Bono Committee, supporting others in their pro bono work and encouraging all the firm attorneys to devote time to pro bono legal representation.
He earned his B.A., M.A., and J.D. from the University of Iowa and served as Note and Comment Editor on the Iowa Law Review. Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, Tom clerked for the Honorable Ronald E. Longstaff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and later for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and among the “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USA, for his Appellate and Commercial Litigation practices. He is also listed in the “Top 100” by Minnesota Super Lawyers and was named “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer in 2006, 2013, 2018 and 2020.