Thomas J. Kelly
Tom’s practice focuses on general corporate and business matters. Whether a client is seeking to form, buy, sell, or winddown a company, Tom can help.
Tom has a wide-ranging practice. Not only does he have substantial experience in all aspects of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, he also has significant experience in commercial bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Tom uses this broad experience to better advise his clients, as he knows what happens before and after a transaction closes.
Tom represents businesses and individuals, including private equity firms, strategic buyers and sellers, closely-held businesses, shareholders, directors and officers, original equipment manufacturers, tier one and sub-tier suppliers, financially-distressed companies, and creditors, debtors, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings.
Tom has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for four consecutive years, was recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in 2021, and received the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer 2019 award. When he is not working, he enjoys living in Detroit and biking.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Law Review: Managing Editor
Dean Charles H. King Scholars Program
Michigan State University, B.A.
Honors: with High Honors
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
More About Thomas
- 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 (2017-2020)
- “Can Michigan Creditors Find the Green? The Impact of Janvey v Golf Channel on Fraudulent Transfers in Ponzi Schemes,” Michigan Business Law Journal, Spring 2018
- “Setoff: Preference Defense 2.0,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2018
- "Testing the Waters of the Safe Harbor," American Bar Association – Business Law Today, January 2017
- "MF Global Court Declines D&O Insurance Nanny Role," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2015
- "A Method of Protecting Pensions in Chapter 9: Defining the Interest as a Property Right," American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Volume 89, Issue 1, 2015
- "The Moral of Emoral: Expanding Trustee Standing," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2015
- State Bar of Michigan
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Turnaround Management Association
- Association for Corporate Growth