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J. Thomas MacFarlane

B.A. majors in History and Business
Class of 1983
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J. Thomas MacFarlane is an attorney with Clark Hill PLC. Tom works extensively with individuals on estate planning, tax planning and probate matters and with businesses on succession planning and corporate restructuring. Tom counsels clients on the various wealth preservation strategies which are available to high net worth individuals. He is also frequently asked to represent beneficiaries or fiduciaries in complex estate contests and trust disputes.

Tom has represented clients in all aspects of corporate law and has counseled individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations on a variety of tax and business planning issues. He has represented clients in tax audits and tax disputes before the courts and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Tom frequently lectures on estate planning and business planning topics. He has published numerous articles on estate planning, tax planning and business planning.

Tom serves as the leader of Clark Hill's Personal Legal Services Group. He is active in numerous business and community organizations. He currently serves as a Director of the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Athletic Club Foundation, the Michigan Science Center, Rose Hill Center, and the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit. Tom is a past President of both the Rotary Club of Detroit and the Detroit Executives Association.

In 2013, Tom was recognized by the publication Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Detroit in Trusts and Estates Litigation. Also in 2013, Tom was named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law, having been selected by his peers as one of the top 5% of practitioners in the state. He is also a Charter Member of the Michigan Leading Lawyers Advisory Board.

Tom is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a member of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises. He has also been repeatedly listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers.

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