Thomas J. Vitale
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Tom Vitale is a trusted business advisor to companies of all sizes. He helps manage their day-to-day corporate matters and guides them through more complex strategic transactions.

In construction and real estate matters, Tom represents national and local owners, real estate developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers relating to commercial and industrial sites. His experience includes construction contracting and risk mitigation, commercial and industrial leasing, and real estate acquisition and disposition.

Tom also works closely with businesses and banks, assisting them with structuring, negotiating, and documenting financing, spin-offs and buyouts, partnership structuring, and succession transactions. Clients trust Tom from the early stages of corporate formation to later-stage growth, including founder-related matters, M&A, and corporate governance.

Tom serves as external general counsel to a number of companies. He helps manage their risk and outside legal needs, which includes proactively evaluating alternative dispute resolution options and representation in high-stakes litigation. He actively represents banks, credit unions, and other financial service providers in loan documentation and review, workouts and litigation involving bank loan and credit agreements, secured transactions, and other structured financing arrangements.

Tom earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the Michigan State University College of Law. 

Experience

Attorney at Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C., 2010 - 2019

Admitted

State Bar 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

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

University of Michigan (B.A., 2007)

Accolades

2023 Go To Lawyer for Construction Law – Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Listed in 2022 Top Lawyers for Construction Law - Grand Rapids Magazine

Listed in the 2021-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation

Listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation - Real Estate

2017-2022 Michigan Rising Stars honoree for Construction Litigation - Super Lawyers

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