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Princeton University, A.B.

Oxford University, B.A.

Yale University, Ph.D.

Yale Law School, J.D.

Tom concentrates his practice in tax and estate planning and administration. He is the former leader of the firm's Trusts & Estates Practice and is a member of the firm's Canada-U.S. Cross-Border and Tax-Exempt Organizations Practices. His clients include many individuals with cross-border estate and tax issues, as well as nonprofit organizations in both Canada and the United States.

In addition to his legal practice, Tom created and taught a graduate course called Legal Issues in Arts Management for the Arts Management Program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. In a former career, Tom taught English for 11 years at Yale and also served as associate dean of Yale College.

Tom exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York. 


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Trusts and Estates) 2007 - 2023
  • Listed, Buffalo Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2009, 2013 - 2018


Hodgson Russ created a family limited partnership during the economic downturn. Our client sold a portion of his limited partnership interest to a multigenerational, generation-skipping grantor trust in an income tax-free sale, freezing the value of the limited partnership included in his estate. Our client contributed a portion of his remaining limited partnership interest to a multi-year grantor retained annuity trust. The market recovered, and the value of the limited partnership rebounded, with the result that client had successfully removed tens of millions of dollars from his taxable estate into trusts for his descendants.

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Community & Pro Bono

  • Board of Directors, Buffalo AKG Art Museum  (former Chair)
  • Board of Directors, Shaw Festival Foundation, Ontario (former Chair)
  • Board of Directors, Western New York Investment Fund