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In addition to his management responsibilities, Tom also maintains an active practice of counseling private and public corporations in general corporate and securities matters. He focuses on capital-raising activities, including public offerings and private placements, as well as mergers and acquisitions, primarily for public companies.

In connection with capital raising and investment activities, he represents both regional and national investment banking firms on activities related to corporate finance, compliance and private equity matters.

Tom also represents a number of leading private equity firms focused on the middle market and serves on the Board of a number of their portfolio companies.

Tom’s 30+ years of counseling in the securities and financial industries is a key component of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice – enhancing the team’s ability to protect corporations, financial institutions and their individual directors when involved in regulatory investigations.

Tom has served as corporate secretary and counsel to the board of directors for various publicly-traded companies, including the following:

  • RPM International (NYSE)
  • McDonald & Company Investments, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Signature Brands USA, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • NCS Healthcare Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • DataTrak International, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • Camelot Music Holdings, Inc. (OTC)

He has also served as a director of Mr. Coffee, Inc. (Nasdaq) and Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE), and he is currently a member of the board of directors of several privately-held companies and portfolio companies of private equity firms as well as an advisory director of several private equity funds.

Tom is routinely recognized for his work in Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an industry-leading legal resource for professionals in search of qualified, experienced legal counsel. In 2018, Chambers USA researchers described Tom as “a trusted advisor,” with clients turning to him for his deep experience in public offerings and private placements.

For more than 10 years, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2006-2018) in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets. He previously received the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” in the areas of Securities and Capital Markets.

Tom was previously named a Client Service All-Star (2016, 2008) in the Securities and Capital Markets area by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc, a national strategic market research firm. The lawyers were selected by corporate counsel at a range of companies with revenues greater than $1 billion for consistently demonstrating a superior focus on their company’s needs, innovative solutions to their company’s problems, an unmatched understanding of their company’s business, and unparalleled legal skills. 

Tom has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell

In 2015, Tom was named one of the top 100 “Most Connected” Business Leaders in Northeast Ohio by Crain’s Cleveland Business. (Based on a third-party study commissioned by Crain’s).

Joining Calfee in 1975, Tom was elected partner in 1982. He was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 1992 and became Vice Chairman in 1999. Tom also has served on the firm’s Management Committee since its formation in 1999. He was elected Co-chairman of Calfee in 2005 and Chairman in 2008.

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Senior Statesman, recognized in Corporate/M&A, 2018 

The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets, 2006-2018 

The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year,” Securities and Capital Markets

Client Service All-Star, Securities and Capital Markets, BTI Consulting Group, Inc, 2008 and 2016

AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Top 100 “Most Connected” Business Leaders in Northeast Ohio, Crain’s Cleveland Business, 2015

Education

J.D., high honors, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1975

B.A., high distinction, University of Michigan, 1970

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Legal and Business

American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee and the Business Law Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity Section, Member

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Leadership Advisory Council, Member

Ohio State Bar Association, Securities Law Section, Member

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Securities Law Section, Member

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Society of Benchers, Member

Non-Profit Involvement

Case Western Reserve University, Executive Committee member, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Trustee

Achievement Centers for Children, Trustee

The Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Festival), Trustee

Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital National Leadership Council (University Hospital Health System), Trustee

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Visiting Committee, Member

News & Events

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Licensed In

  • Ohio 

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court

"Firm Chairman Thomas McKee is regarded as 'a senior statesman of the Ohio corporate Bar' by market sources, with clients considering him 'a trusted adviser.' He offers particular expertise in capital raising work, with clients turning to him for his deep experience in public offerings and private placements."

Chambers USA 2018

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