Thomas J. Vitale
Senior Counsel

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Biography

Tom Vitale is trusted business advisor to companies of all sizes, helps them manage their day-to-day corporate matters and guides them through more complex strategic transactions. In construction and real estate matters, Tom has represented national and local owners, real estate developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers relating to commercial and industrial sites. Such work includes construction contracting and risk mitigation, commercial and industrial leasing, as well as real estate acquisition and disposition.

For corporate and banking clients, his work includes structuring, negotiating and documenting financing, spin-offs and buyouts, partnership structuring and succession transactions. Clients trust Tom from corporate formation to later-stage growth, including founder-related matters, M&A and corporate governance.

Tom also serves as external general counsel to a number of companies in order to manage their risk and outside legal needs, including proactively evaluating alternative dispute resolution options as well as representation in high-stakes litigation.

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

Education

University of Michigan (B.A., 2007)

Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010)

Accolades

Listed in Best Lawyers (2021, 2022) - Commercial Litigation

Listed as a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2017-2020) - Construction Litigation

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

Kent County Parks Foundation, Board of Directors

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, Board of Directors