Tom is a 1980 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, near the top of his class, where he was a senior editor of the Law Review and author of a published Note.  In 1977, Tom obtained his bachelor's degree from John Carroll University, summa cum laude.  He graduated first in the class, at age 19, with a perfect 4.0 record. He was high school valedictorian at Cleveland St. Ignatius at age 16.  Throughout high school and college, Tom was a competitive debater, winning the National Student Speaker of the Year award in 1977.

Throughout his career, Tom has attended various professional development programs, including an Executive Management Program at Dartmouth's Tuck Business School.  He has developed and taught numerous classes on construction law, risk management, and safety.  He has successfully completed the OSHA 30-hour safety training and the US Army Corps of Engineers' Construction Quality Management program.

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