Tom concentrates his practice on trust law, estate planning, state and federal income tax law, and the taxation of exempt organizations.  

For more than 30 years, he has advised institutional fiduciaries on matters of Delaware trust law, and individuals and institutions regarding Delaware trust law litigation and the establishment and administration of Delaware trusts, public charities and private foundations.

He often advises clients on complex issues concerning trust modification and modernization, decanting, generation-skipping transfer taxes, and governance.

In his fiduciary litigation practice, Tom has advised co-counsel, banks, high-net-worth families and beneficiaries, trust fiduciaries and trust settlors in proceedings before the Delaware Court of Chancery, as well as out-of-court negotiations and settlements.

Tom is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Chambers HNW has ranked him in Band 1 among private wealth law attorneys in Delaware.  Tom has also been listed in The Best Lawyers of America for the past 20 years.  In 2014, Best Lawyers named him “Delaware Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates.

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Professional & Civic

American Bar Association

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow)

Delaware State Bar Association (Estates and Trusts Section, Past Chair; Tax Section)

Estate Planning Council of Delaware

Wilmington Tax Group

Delaware Community Foundation (Past Chair)

Education

New York University School of Law, LLM, Taxation, 1985 

New York University School of Law, JD, 1983 

Middlebury College, BA, History and Political Science, magna cum laude, 1980

Admissions

  • Delaware, 1985
  • New York, 1985
  • Supreme Court of Delaware
  • Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Delaware Superior Court
  • US District Court for the District of Delaware
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Tax Court

Chambers HNW sources say Tom is “one of the godfathers of law in Delaware,” “really creative and he comes up with new ideas all the time. He is a pioneer in this field” and “very much in demand” for trusts and estates work.

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