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Senior Counsel

Thomas J. Vitale

Grand Rapids
Secretary

Jane Johnson

616-458-7320
jjohnson@shrr.com

Biography

Thomas J. Vitale has a wide range of experience representing clients in both state and federal courts. He focuses his practice on the construction, manufacturing and real estate industries. Tom has:

  • Represented national and local construction companies throughout Michigan.
  • Managed civil litigation involving non-competition agreements, business tort claims, disputes under the UCC, automotive supply chain disputes and tooling disputes.
  • Handled matters for community banks, credit unions, municipal and quasi-municipal authorities in lender’s rights actions, including workout, banking litigation and collection.

In construction and real estate litigation matters, Tom has successfully resolved matters for owners, real estate developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. He also serves as external general counsel to a variety of small to mid-size businesses, family-owned businesses, and agribusinesses, and has experience handling transactional matters in construction, automotive and agricultural areas, including supply agreements, commercial transactions, construction contracting, real estate development, financing and commercial leasing.


Previous Experience

Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C. (2010 - 2019)

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Free Enterprise Alliance
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Board of Directors
  • Construction Financial Management Association, Western Michigan Chapter
  • Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI
  • The Salvation Army, Grand Rapids Advisory Board
  • Kent County Parks Foundation, Board of Directors

Education

  • University of Michigan (B.A., 2007)
  • Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010)

Admitted

  • State of Michigan, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Michigan

Accolades

  • Listed as a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation (2017-2018)

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