J. Thomas MacFarlane - Clark Hill PLC

J. Thomas MacFarlane

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

J. Thomas MacFarlane works extensively with individuals on estate planning, tax planning and probate matters and with businesses on succession planning and corporate restructuring. Thomas counsels clients on the various wealth preservation strategies which are available to high net worth individuals. He is also frequently asked to represent beneficiaries or fiduciaries in complex estate contests and trust disputes.

Tom has represented clients in all aspects of corporate law and has counseled individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations on a variety of tax and business planning issues. He has represented clients in tax audits and tax disputes before the courts and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Tom frequently lectures on estate planning and business planning topics. He has published numerous articles on estate planning, tax planning and business planning

Tom serves as the leader of Clark Hill's Personal Legal Services Group. He is active in numerous business and community organizations. He currently serves as a Director of the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Athletic Club Foundation, the Michigan Science Center, Rose Hill Center, and the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit. Tom is a past President of both the Rotary Club of Detroit and the Detroit Executives Association.

Alma CollegeBA 1983Wake Forest UniversityMBA 1987Wake Forest UniversityJ.D. 1987
Michigan Science CenterScience and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan DetroitDetroit Athletic Club FoundationRose Hill Center

Case History

Estate Tax Audit (unreported) — Matter resolved favorably for family
Estate Planning Matters — Substantial estate tax savings realized by many clients.
Estate and Trust Litigation (unreported) — Matter resolved favorably for client.

Client Comments

"Tom is, in my opinion, the ultimate professional and is a very important trusted advisor. He is a great representative for Clark Hill and is involved in numerous community and charity concerns."

Office Location

151 South Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Troy Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Detroit Metro Area
J. Thomas MacFarlane has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!J. Thomas MacFarlane has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Fiduciary Duties, Gift Planning, Litigation, Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving, Planning for Closely Held Businesses, Probate, Succession Planning, Tax)