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J. Thomas MacFarlane



151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1987
M.B.A., Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1987
B.A., cum laude, Alma College, Alma, Michigan, 1983
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J. Thomas MacFarlane


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 is active in numerous business and community organizations.  He currently serves as a Director of the Michigan Science Center, Rose Hill Center, Judson Center Foundation, and the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit.  Tom is a past President of both the Rotary Club of Detroit and the Detroit Executives Association.

Tom has the rare distinction of being recognized by the publication Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in two categories.  Those categories are Trusts and Estates (planning) and Litigation:  Trusts and Estates.  Tom was named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will and 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.

Named Birmingham, Michigan's 2021 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America
Named among Best Lawyers in America - Litigation-Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates by Best Lawyers (2021)
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit
Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises
State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Taxation Section