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Thomas M. Amon

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Biography

Tom Amon is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, class action defense, and real property disputes. Tom’s litigation experience includes defense of toxic tort claims, banking and securities litigation, condemnation, commercial disputes, real property disputes, and tax appeals. Tom is a devoted advocate who is in his element when assisting clients in identifying potential risks, assessing the merits of their case, and developing a strategy for a successful, cost-effective outcome.

Education

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

Admitted

  • 2008, Michigan

Bar Associations

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

Experience

  • Extensive experience defending toxic tort claims
  • Experience in condemnation litigation, with a deep knowledge of Michigan condemnation law
  • 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, with attorney fee award
  • 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
  • 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
  • Represented 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

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

Publications

  • “Avoiding pitfalls when exercising options,” Real Property Law Section E-Newsletter, November 2109
  • "Appealing property tax assessments requires attention to the details,"  Grand Rapids Business Journal, 1/27/17
  • Strolling the Beach of Uncertainty: the Case for Legislative Action in the Wake of Glass v. Goeckel, 53 Wayne L. Rev. 715, 2007
  • Riparian Rights, LexisNexis Practice Guide: Michigan Real Estate Litigation, Chapter Author (2016-19)

Leadership

Community Affiliations

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

Speaking Engagements

  • Class Action Lawsuits, 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, June 21, 2019, Bellaire, 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
  • Vacating public right of ways in Michigan, 2016 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, February 18, 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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