Fun Facts

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  • At age 25, within seven months of graduating from Ohio State’s law school, Tom became the youngest District Attorney in the State of Wisconsin when appointed to the post by the late Governor Lee S. Dreyfus, Sr.  At age 26, Tom won a contested election to retain that post. At age 27, after having tried a dozen criminal jury trials (winning 11) and eschewing a political career, Tom resigned from the post to become a federal prosecutor in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tom is the holder of two U.S. utility patents for a computer-related device that he invented in the early 1990s. U.S. 6,962,311, and U.S. 6,648,282. Both patents were awarded after Tom, representing himself, appealed adverse determinations made by the Patent and Trademark Office’s examiner. Although not a patent lawyer, Tom prevailed almost completely in both of the appeals which he briefed and argued before the former Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI)
  • Tom represents 35 residents of Sugar Island, in Lower Nemahbin Lake, in a suit against the Village of Summit, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, over a 1932 highway dedication, which Summit never accepted but is now, 84 years later, trying to convert into a public boat landing. Also named as defendants are the Wisconsin DNR, the State of Wisconsin, and the Summit Chief of Police.
  • While in private law-firm practice, Tom has never held any position other than partner, shareholder, or member; he was never an associate or counsel
  • Tom’s name appears as counsel on over 60 reported federal court opinions
  • Interests (other than law, faith, and family):  Serious golfer since age 12; collector of Wilson Co. sand irons and wedges made between 1930 and 1975; Ohio State and Big Ten football, basketball, and wrestling; Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and furniture; antique prints, especially of birds and landscapes, and antique photographs; and genealogy.