Thomas H. Bergh

Thomas H. Bergh


Varnum LLP

Recognized since 2012

Birmingham, Michigan

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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Tom has over 30 years of experience in helping clients efficiently and effectively define their estate planning goals and to arrange their affairs accordingly. His expertise includes facilitating the direction of a client-centered and directed strategy and then drafting clear and understandable legal documents to implement it, thereby protecting client wealth, closely-held businesses, and families from taxes, post-mortem chaos and expense, and unnecessary complexity. He has expertise and experience in dealing with the IRS in administrative hearings and litigation, developing creative tailored solutions for business succession planning, charitable trusts and private foundations, and IRA distribution planning.

Tom is a frequent speaker and author on estate planning, employee benefits, charitable planning, and is the past chair of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

Location

  • 260 East Brown Street, Suite 150
    Birmingham, MI 48009

Education

  • Wayne State University , LL.M, graduated 1985
  • Wayne State University , J.D., graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, State Bar of Michigan

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Taxation Section; Employee Benefits and Closely Held Business Committees
  • Oakland County Bar Association - Taxation Committee, Past-Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan - Probate and Estate Planning Law Section; Taxation Section; and Business Law Section
  • The Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit - President
  • Thomas Cooley Law School at the Oakland University Campus - Adjunct Professor

Varnum LLP
Headquarters: Grand Rapids, Michigan

89 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

8 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Troy (2023)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Detroit (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Estate Planning

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated, AV® Preeminent™
  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer™ in Tax Law, 2013

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