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Thomas M. Dixon

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Thomas Dixon represents both businesses and individuals in complex business disputes and will, trust, estate, and probate contests and related controversies.

Tom has over 30 years’ experience as a trial lawyer with Clark Hill. In addition to his trial practice, Tom also has vast experience in arbitration, facilitation, mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In appropriate circumstances, Tom encourages clients to consider ADR and other practical and creative solutions to avoid the expense and uncertainties of traditional litigation.

Tom represents clients in a broad variety of complex business and commercial related disputes. Tom’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, medium and small business, entrepreneurs, family businesses and individuals. Tom has experience with a broad range of industries including automotive, both OEM and suppliers, financial services including banking and structured settlements, insurance, steel, commercial real estate and property management, health care including home health care, non-profits, logistics and trucking, among various other industries.  Tom has also served as national litigation counsel to companies in the computer services industry where he managed a host of business, commercial and employment related cases throughout the US and abroad.

Tom’s areas of emphasis and experience include claims involving:

  • complex business and commercial litigation
  • business torts including fraud, misrepresentation, theft and breach of fiduciary duty
  • securities fraud
  • employee theft and conversion
  • supplier and UCC disputes
  • shareholder disputes including shareholder oppression
  • LLC member disputes
  • sales commission disputes
  • breach of warranty claims
  • insurance coverage
  • non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret litigation
  • product liability defense including medical devices, automobile components, industrial trucks, and forklifts
  • class action and mass tort claims
  • structured settlement transfers and related litigation

Tom also represents clients in litigation involving wills, trusts, and probate estates.  Tom’s experience with will and trust contests and related litigation involving claims of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, fraud, and duress has allowed Tom the opportunity to represent banks and other institutional fiduciaries, individual fiduciaries, families, and other trustees and personal representatives, in fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Tom has litigated trust cases involving some of the largest private estates in Michigan in addition to guardianship and conservatorship proceedings and claims of financial abuse of elderly persons. Tom is an expert on the topic of undue influence, having written and lectured on the topic nationally.

Tom proudly serves as a member of the Clark Hill Executive Committee, and he formerly served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice.

Tom’s areas of emphasis and experience include:

  • will contests
  • will construction and interpretation
  • probate litigation
  • trust contests
  • trust reformation, construction and interpretation
  • undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity and diminished mental capacity
  • breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • fiduciary litigation, including challenges to remove and surcharge fiduciaries
  • fiduciary and attorney fee disputes
  • prudent investor rule
  • guardianship and conservatorship litigation
  • financial abuse of the elderly
  • spousal rights and elective share proceedings
  • determination of, and challenges to, heirship
  • actions to recover assets

Education

J.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1988
B.G.S., University of Michigan, Michigan, 1984

Recognitions

Named Detroit, Michigan’s 2021 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers in America (2019 and 2021 Editions) for Litigation-Trust and Estates; Trust and Estates

Named Michigan’s 2019 Trusts and Estates ” Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Michigan Super Lawyer

Top Lawyer Recognition, Crain’s Detroit Business

AV® Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

William T. Kirby Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, Notre Dame Law School

NCAA Post-Graduate Academic Scholarship

Academic All-American and All-American Big Ten Football Honors Former President and Executive Board Member, University of Michigan “M” Letterwinners Club

Memberships

American Bar Association

Detroit Bar Association

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section, Former Council Member

National Association of Settlement Purchasers

Editor, Journal of College and University Law, Notre Dame

Former President and Executive Board Member, University of Michigan “M” Letterwinners Club

 

State Bar Licenses

Michigan

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Publications:

Presentations:

  • Tom has lectured nationally on the topic of undue influence to Bloomberg’s BNA Estate and Gift Tax Advisory Board in New York City, the ABA’s Real Property, Estate and Gift Tax Spring Symposium in Washington DC, Notre Dame’s Estate Planning Institute in South Bend, Indiana, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium in Overland Park, Kansas, Wilmington Trust’s and Estate Planning Symposium in New York City, as well as locally for the Oakland County Bar Association and The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).