Who We Are

Thomas J. Kelly


Tom’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and business matters. 

Since joining the firm, Tom has completed over $250 million worth of transactions within a broad range of industries.  He has substantial experience drafting and negotiating stock and asset purchase agreements, operating agreements and bylaws, stockholder and member agreements, employment and consulting agreements, letters of intent and term sheets, and other related documents.  Tom supplements his mergers and acquisitions practice by acting as outside general counsel to portfolio and other companies on day-to-day legal matters. 

Tom’s clients consist of businesses and individuals, including:

  • Private equity firms;
  • Strategic buyers and sellers;
  • Closely-held businesses;
  • Shareholders, directors, officers, and investors;
  • Original equipment manufacturers; and
  • Tier one and sub-tier suppliers.

In addition to his transactional practice, Tom has experience counseling debtors and creditors in distressed scenarios, including with bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

Tom is a Detroit enthusiast, having lived in the city since 2015.  On a summer day, you can catch Tom biking around the city, swimming at Belle Isle, or grabbing dinner.


Education:

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Law Review: Managing Editor
Dean Charles H. King Scholars Program
Dean's List

Michigan State University, B.A.
Honors: with High Honors
Dean's List

Admitted:

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

 

More About Thomas


Honors
  • 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer 2019
  • Jurisprudence Achievement Award in Research, Writing, and Advocacy
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017-2021)
Professional Involvement
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth