Tom was born and raised in Iowa City. He received his BA degree from Harvard University in 1975 and then returned home to attend the University of Iowa College of Law. After completing law school in 1978, Tom joined the law firm where he has been a partner since 1983. Tom represents individuals, businesses and tax-exempt organizations on a variety of legal matters principally in areas of business and transactional law, including contracts, real estate, business and non-profit entities, estate and gift planning, administration of trusts and estates, healthcare, and charitable foundations. In addition to his legal practice, Tom has over the years been active in community service including such organizations as the Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees, Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, Iowa City Community Leadership Program, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, University of Iowa Alumni Association, Iowa City Area Development Group, Bur Oak Land Trust and numerous others.