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Thomas M. Amon

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  • Grand Rapids

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For nearly ten years, Tom Amon has successfully represented clients in all aspects of complex 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 Warner 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 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 contract disputes, and has defended clients against shareholder claims, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.  Tom also defends clients against class action lawsuits, and is well-versed in class action defense. 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.
Tom is a longstanding member of Warner’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 also has extensive knowledge of Michigan condemnation law. 


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


  • 2008, Michigan

Bar Associations

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


  • Obtained dismissal of federal RICO lawsuit at the pleadings stage
  • Obtained favorable settlement of a large Lease dispute after successfully pursuing order to strike plaintiffs’ damages experts
  • 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

Honors & 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


  • LexisNexis Practice Guide: Michigan Real Estate Litigation
    Chapter Author (2016/17)


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

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