Thomas M. Amon

Associate | tamon@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT +1.616.752.2727F +1.616.222.2727M +1.616.818.8757 For eight years, Tom Amon has successfully represented clients in all aspects of complex commercial and real estate litigation, including discovery, trials, negotiations, and mediations.  With a focus on the “big picture,” Tom draws on his experience across many practices areas and collaboration with his fellow WN&J attorneys to assist clients in identifying potential risks, assessing the merits of their case, and developing a strategy for... Read More
For eight years, Tom Amon has successfully represented clients in all aspects of complex commercial and real estate litigation, including discovery, trials, negotiations, and mediations.  With a focus on the “big picture,” Tom draws on his experience across many practices areas and collaboration with his fellow WN&J attorneys to assist clients in identifying potential risks, assessing the merits of their case, and developing a strategy for achieving their goals – whether by litigation, negotiation, or other legal strategy.
 
Tom is a longstanding member of WN&J’s litigation and real estate practice groups, as well as the real estate litigation subgroup.  His practice extends to all manners of real estate litigation practice, including quiet title, riparian rights, boundary disputes, mortgages, foreclosures, zoning violations, municipal land use approvals, purchase and option disputes, FOIA requests, tax appeals, and lease disputes. Tom is well-versed in Michigan condemnation law. 
 
In addition to real estate litigation, Tom has wide-ranging commercial litigation experience. He regularly assists financial institutions, manufacturers, and other corporate clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation. He has handled a broad variety of UCC and non-UCC contract disputes, and has defended clients against shareholder claims, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.  He also defends clients against class action lawsuits. Tom has extensive practice before state and federal courts, local and municipal boards and commissions, state administrative boards and tribunals, and in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
 
  • Experience
  • Biography
  • News
  • Publications
  • Leadership
  • Speaking Engagements

Experience

  • Won favorable judgment after trial dismissing a municipality’s enforcement action that sought to enjoin client’s residential development
  • Won summary disposition in multimillion dollar lease dispute involving attempt to exercise option to purchase
  • Obtained reversal of tax tribunal ruling in the Michigan Court of Appeals, with client awarded a tax refund of approximately $500,000
  • Obtained judgment in federal court that Chinese insurance company was obligated to defend major American manufacturer in products liability action arising out of Chinese-supplied component part.
  • Key member of trial team that obtained a jury verdict in favor of a supplier for breach of a UCC requirements contract
  • Key member of litigation team that defeated class certification of a racial discrimination lawsuit
  • Successfully represented client in federal court litigation who was wrongfully denied sales commissions
  • Regularly represents taxpayers and municipalities in property tax valuation appeals
  • Regularly provides risk assessment and strategic counseling, and represents clients in mediation, settlement negotiations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • Routinely represents major financial institutions in real estate litigation and defense of claims arising from foreclosures
  • Represents major nationwide retailer in Landlord default matters for all of its leased locations in the U.S.
  • Has sought and obtained numerous special land use, variance, rezoning, and other municipal real estate approvals
  • Represents commercial landlords and tenants in all aspects of dispute processing and litigation, including defaults, evictions, and property damage claims
  • Drafts and negotiates leases, easements, licenses, purchase agreements, restrictive covenants, and other real estate documents

Industries

Practices

Education

  • Wayne State University J.D. 2008 summa cum laude
  • Michigan State University B.A. 2005 with honor

Admitted

  • 2008, Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2013-2015
  • Editor, Wayne Law Review
  • Graduated in 2008 at the top of his law school class
  • Lombard Leadership Fellow and Dean's Scholar
  • Order of the Coif
  • Gold Key Scholar
  • Frances & Charles Driker Award
  • Ira J. Spoon Award
  • Faculty Award
  • Ralph M. Freeman Foundation Scholarship

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Real Property Law Section

Publications

  • Strolling the Beach of Uncertainty: the Case for Legislative Action in the Wake of Glass v. Goeckel, 53 Wayne L. Rev. 715, 2007
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide: Michigan Real Estate Litigation
    Chapter Author (2016/17)

One Court of Justice Blog


Ahead of the Curve Auto Supplier Blog


Community Affiliations

  • Kent County Parks Foundation
    Member, Board of Directors and Executive Secretary (2015-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Vacating public right of ways in Michigan, 2016 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, February 18, 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Roundtable discussion leader, 2016 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting, State Bar of Michigan (SBM) Real Property Law Section Conference, July 12-16, 2016, Boyne Falls, Michigan

NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

By clicking the ‘ACCEPT’ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you.

Please click the ‘ACCEPT’ button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.

ACCEPTCANCEL