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A veteran intellectual property lawyer, Tom concentrates his practice on the strategic development and management of IP portfolios with special emphasis on providing business-focused legal advice. Tom assists clients in evaluating IP coverage, protecting core IP assets, handling Hatch-Waxman cases, domestic and international patent prosecution, and preparing infringement, non-infringement, freedom to operate, and validity opinions. Tom`s clients include major pharmaceutical, health science and medical device companies, educational institutions, and retail businesses, as well as small start-up companies. His diverse clientele has included: Biomet, Inc., IU Health, Eli Lilly and Company, Great Lakes Chemical Company, Indiana University, Purdue University, Resort Condominiums International, Inc., Roche Diagnostics, Inc., and Steak & Shake, Inc. He has also acquired extensive trademark experience while managing trademark portfolios comprising thousands of marks worldwide.

Tom is active in the legal field and in the community. He has been President of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and has served on the boards of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar Foundations. Tom is a past President of the Board of Alumni of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and is a recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. Tom has also chaired the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana, Inc. and the American Pianists Association and has served on the boards of numerous other charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

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Location
  • 111 Monument Circle, Suite 3700
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-5137
Education
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., graduated 1975
  • Purdue University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, graduated 1972
Bar Admissions
  • Indiana, 1975
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Patent Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Patent Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Copyright Law, Indianapolis (2017)
  • Patent Law, Indianapolis (2015)
  • Trademark Law, Indianapolis (2014)
  • Patent Law, Indianapolis (2012)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
Awards:
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2002
  • Distinguished Barrister Award, The Indiana Lawyer, 2020
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Patent

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