Tom's Profile

As Chair of the Firm’s Economic Development/Incentives Group, Tom specializes in identifying and procuring tax incentive packages for businesses in the State of Alabama, whether for existing Alabama entities, international concerns, or businesses looking to build and establish operations in Alabama, as well as site selection activities. His list of clients that he has advised includes companies based in Japan, Germany, Canada, France, England, Korea, and China. With a current focus on the automotive and aviation/aerospace sectors, Tom represents all types of public and private companies in the service and manufacturing sectors.

In addition to his Economic Development/Incentives practice, Tom handles Alabama state and local tax legislation, compliance, and controversial work. He also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to representing and advising privately held companies in general corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business and tax planning, and corporate finance.

Tom's talents have earned him recognition by Best Lawyers® as a leader in the areas of Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Tax Law since 2006. He was named by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Economic Development Law, a distinction given to only one attorney in each geographic area, and "Best of the Bar" by Alabama publications in 2019 and again in 2020.

“Tom knows our business and culture as well as anyone outside the company. Maynard’s knowledge of the local and state regulations governing our business has been invaluable to us, and Tom in particular.”

Tom's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Tax Law (2006-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate Law (2011-2014; 2017-present)
  • B-Metro, Selected as a Top Attorney (2020)
  • Best of the Bar® 2019 Birmingham Business Journal
  • Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Economic Development Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Tom's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations
  • Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Tax Section, Past Chair
  • Business Council of Alabama, Tax Committee
  • Alabama Aerospace Industry Association
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama
  • Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association
  • Alabama-Germany Partnership, Board of Directors
  • The Japan American Society of Alabama
Civic Involvement
  • PARCA, Board Member
  • Sunrise Rotary Club of Birmingham, Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Virginia Club of Birmingham (Past President)
  • Jefferson Scholarship Regional Selection Committee for UVA
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs (Past Chairman of Board; Past President)
  • Exceptional Foundation, Past Member of Board of Directors

Tom's Speaking Engagements

  • August 6, 2019: Panel on Mazda Toyota in Alabama at 2019 EDAA Summer Conference
  • November 2-3, 2017: "Public Private Side of Economic Development" for Southern Business Law Institute, co-presenter with Greg Canfield, Alabama Secretary of Commerce, and Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Sales, Business & Economic Development with Alabama Power Company. To view the presentation slides, Click Here
  • October 17, 2014: "Opportunities in Tax Credit Negotiations and Nontraditional Incentives" for Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, Nashville TN

Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • New York University School of Law
    • (1990, LL.M., Tax Law Review, Editor)
  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1989, J.D, Omicron Delta Kappa; Alabama Law Review, Managing Editor; Hugo Black Scholar)
  • University of Virginia
    • (1986, B.A. History)

Thursday, August 19, 2021

179 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 179 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 17 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 48 of the Firm’s younger attorneys...

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Alabama Department of Revenue Provides Guidance on NEW Annual Online Renewal of Sales and Other Tax Licenses

On October 28, 2020 the Alabama Department of Revenue (ALDOR) released guidance to taxpayers regarding new requirements for the renewal of sales tax and other tax licenses. These requirements change long-standing practices in Alabama that did not require the annual renewal of such licenses. As of November 1, 2020 sales...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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