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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.  Then, 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 — a move that commenced an award-winning 17-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • 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)
  • 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 (beyond law, faith, and family):  Avid golfer since age 12; collector of classic Wilson Sporting Goods Co. sand irons and wedges; Ohio State and Big Ten football, basketball, and wrestling; Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and furniture; antique prints, especially of birds and landscapes; U.S. history; and genealogy.
  • Recent producer of a series of 14 YouTube videos on Wilson Dyna-Powered golf wedges made between 1956-1975 — heavy, forged wedges that once ruled the professional golf world and coveted today.  The video is a definitive reference work, produced for avid golfers and club collectors.  Data-driven technical guide, reflecting information about this coveted golf equipment that is unavailable anywhere else.  To see the trailer for the 14 episodes, go to:
  • Currently producing a YouTube video about the classic, vintage, and coveted forged Haig Ultra irons and wedges made between between 1956 and 1965 by Walter Hagen Golf, a division of Wilson Golf.  The video will be the definitive reference work addressing that subject.
  • Recent producer of YouTube video about William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz (1884-1964), a trailblazing Native American who is deserving of widespread and renewed respect.  Over the last 15 years, some 50 years after his death in 1964, Mr. Dietz’s claim of Native American heritage was unfairly disputed by activists opposed to the name of the NFL team now known as the Washington Football Team.  Activists and journalists called Mr. Dietz a “liar,” “faker,” a “phony,” an “imposter,” and so on.  But photographs c. 1905-1908, when Mr. Dietz was in his early 20’s and depicting Mr. Dietz in Native American brave regalia, have recently emerged from the locale in Wisconsin where both Mr. Dietz and Tom grew up.  Mr. Dietz’s photographic self-proclamation, made to a childhood friend when Mr. Dietz as in his late teens or early 20s, and made at a time when animus toward Native Americans was rampant,  support Mr. Dietz’s claim of Native American Heritage — a claim he steadfastly made from those early years until his death in 1964.  The talented, accomplished, ambitious, and courageous Mr. Dietz was a protege of Charles Scobey “Pop” Warner at the Carlisle Institute; the only football coach to have guided the Pac12’s Washington State University to a Rose Bowl victory (in 1916); the first Head Coach of the NFL team now known as the Washington Football Team (in 1933-1934); and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.  Troublingly, journalists and activists also mischaracterized the meaning and effect of a “no contest” plea that Mr. Dietz made in 1919 in a dubious and possibly racist federal prosecution in Spokane for evading the draft when he claimed an exemption based upon his Native American heritage.  Mr. Sykes, a former federal prosecutor, demonstrates that pleas of this type neither admit guilt nor any facts establishing guilt.  It was deeply unfair to Mr. Dietz for modern journalists and activists to dredge up the no-contest plea to attack Mr. Dietz’s claim of Native American heritage.  Tom hopes that his video will help restore respect and admiration for the unfairly and severely maligned Mr. Dietz.  Tom’s groundbreaking, consequential video may be seen at:
  • Tom is the nephew of USMC Capt. Maurice R. Amundson, the Commanding Officer of Company G, 22nd Marines, which spearheaded the operation to recover the Orote Peninsula during the Second Battle of Guam in July 1944.  Captain Amundson, the grandson of immigrants and a graduate of St. Olaf College, was KIA in that operation and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the nation’s second-highest military award for valor (second only to the Medal of Honor).

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