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   3J. Thomas MacFarlaneBirmingham(248) 988-5846jmacfarlane@clarkhill.comjmacfarlane@clarkhill.comClark Hill PLCwww.clarkhill.comwww.clarkhill.commacfarlanejth.jpgClosely & Privately Held Business LawTax Law: BusinessTax Law: IndividualTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
J. Thomas
Clark Hill PLC
151 S Old Woodward Ave Ste 200
Birmingham MI 48009
Ph.(248) 988-5846 Fx.(248) 988-1833Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Closely & Privately Held Business Law
Tax Law: Business
Tax Law: Individual
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Oakland
Practice Description:  
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 and a Trustee of the Michigan Science Center. Tom is a past President of both the Rotary Club of Detroit and the Detroit Executives Association.

In 2013, Tom was recognized by the publication Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit in Trusts and Estates Litigation. Also in 2013, Tom was named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law, having been selected by his peers as one of the top 5% of practitioners in the state. He is also a Charter Member of the Michigan Leading Lawyers Advisory Board.

Tom is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a member of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises. He has also been repeatedly listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers.

Bar Admissions:  

Law School:  Wake Forest University, J.D., 1987

Graduate School: Wake Forest University, M.B.A., 1987

Undergraduate School:  Alma College, B.A., 1983
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Taxation Section

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit in Trusts and Estates Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Michigan Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law (limited to 5% of practitioners in the state), 2013-present
  • Charter Member of Michigan Leading Lawyers Advisory Board

Community Involvement:  
  • Director, Detroit Athletic Club
  • Trustee, Michigan Science Center.
  • Past President, Rotary Club of Detroit
  • Past President, Detroit Executives Association

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