Tom represents business owners and investors in growing enterprises. His clients span a wide range of industries from traditional industries, such as railroad construction and industrial gas distribution, to high tech areas such as broadband wireless communications and digital media.
He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and venture capital activities across many industries, having represented both venture funds and their portfolio companies.
Fresh out of law school with an MBA in finance, he created the financial model for Airgas, Inc., which grew to become a NYSE traded company with a market cap of $10 Billion. Working closely with the founders as both attorney and financial engineer, Tom helped identify, negotiate and close dozens of the early acquisitions that put the company on the path to its current size.
- Tom was also the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Integrity Broadband Systems, Inc., a Richmond based high technology telecommunications company. Tom personally raised and structured over $10 million in early stage and venture capital rounds and created the corporate strategy that led to the merger of Integrity with Spike Technologies to form Spike Broadband Systems. Together, the two companies garnered international contracts totaling over $400 Million for their wireless broadband systems. His extensive experience as both counsel and a senior executive give Tom an unequalled ability to address the legal, strategic and financial issues facing growing companies and their founders.
- Tom also co-founded Richtech, formerly known as the Greater Richmond Technology Council.
- Tom has served on multiple boards of non-profits, including BikeVirginia (Board Chair), Virginia Business Leadership Network (Board Chair), Groundwork RVA (Founding Board Member), Virginia Bicycling Federation (VP), and Potomac Area Council of Hostelling International (Acting President). In 2014, as Acting President of the Potomac Area Council, Tom negotiated the terms of the merger of the Council with HI-USA and was instrumental in the creation of the HI-Richmond Hostel, a state-of-the-art international hostel in Richmond, and the newest hostel in HI-USA’s system. As general counsel to Richmond 2015, Tom negotiated the terms of the contract with the Union Cycliste International which brought the 2015 Road World Championships to Richmond in September 2015. Tom was instrumental in assembling the board of directors and negotiating with the City of Richmond and early contributors.
- Tom also serves as the current President of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association of Central Virginia.
An honors graduate of Princeton University in 1978 with a degree in economics, Tom then received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School, concentrating in finance, both in 1983. Tom also taught Entrepreneurial Finance at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in 2011 and 2012.
Tom edited the Virginia Edition of West’s Corporate Legal Forms from 1994 through 1996, and is an longstanding advocate for efficient delivery of legal services through adoption of information technology.
Tom is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia.