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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.

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 is also a Michigan registered lobbyist and 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; Financial Institutions and Transactions Law 2005-2006

National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals 2004

Who's Who in Detroit Business - Law, Crains Detroit Business 2005

Michigan Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance 2006-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Banking 2012

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

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

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

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

Crisis Turnaround Team for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Department of Finance, May - August 2009

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

Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, Board of Directors, President 2008-present

Community Legal Resources, Board of Directors, 2008-present; Finance Committee, 2007-2008; Development Committee, 2008-present

Reading Works, Board of Directors

Community Chorus of Detroit

Detroit Athletic Club