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Thomas W. Linn

Chairman Emeritus




University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1976

University of Michigan, M.P.P.

University of Michigan, B.A. 1970

Bar Admissions

Thomas Linn is currently the chairman emeritus of the firm following nearly eight years as the chief executive officer and 20 years as a managing director. 

In those positions, he used his substantial administrative experience in directing all aspects of the firm's professional and business operations. 

He is deeply involved in civic and philanthropic activities in the Detroit region, serving on the boards of numerous business, community and charitable organizations. In this service, he is active in advancing the greater interests of the state and region. Recently he has concentrated on encouraging pro bono legal services within the firm and the legal community at large, and working with the Michigan State Bar Foundation on increasing resources available to the legal service providers within Michigan.

Representative Matters

Thom has been a commercial and public finance lawyer for more than 30 years. He has participated in the documentation and issuance of billions of dollars of securities and loans, represented issuers, lenders, borrowers and underwriters. His clients have included municipal issuers, commercial and industrial borrowers, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. He has actively participated in the development and direction of significant legislation in Michigan, including legislation related to financing and taxation. Thom is a well known and widely respected member of the firm and the Detroit regional community.


Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2003-present

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Public Law Section; Public Finance Committee

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Community Chorus of Detroit, Board of Directors, member and Treasurer, 2010-present

Community Legal Resources, Board of Directors, 2008-2019; Finance Committee, 2007-2008; Operations Committee, 2008-2019

Detroit Athletic Club, 1999-present

Detroit Regional Chamber, Board of Directors, 2003-2008; Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, 2009-present; Graduate, Leadership Detroit VII

Detroit Waldorf School, Board of Directors and Treasurer, 2016-present

Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), Board Chair, April 2007-2009; Secretary, 2003-2007; Executive Committee; Nomination Committee; Active in the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative and co-chair of Shining Light Awards, 2006-present

Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, Board of Directors, President 2008-2017; Worked with Detroit-PAL on redevelopment and financing of restoration of Tiger Stadium site as headquarters for Detroit PAL

Lakeshore Legal Aid, Board of Directors, Chair 2016-present

Michigan State Bar Foundation, state-wide fundraising committee 2016-present; 2018 Founder’s Award for substantial contribution to Access to Justice in Michigan