Sherman, Thomas D.

Thomas D. Sherman

Of Counsel
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Tom Sherman, an increasingly rare generalist, has nearly 50 years of hands-on, results-oriented accomplishments and successes in a wide variety of legal matters, including:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • SEC practice and compliance
  • Insurance law with a focus on life settlements
  • Commercial and employment law
  • Equity and debt, public and private financings
  • General corporate law
  • Litigation, including mass-tort litigation management
  • Senior executive matters, including employment contracts, non-competition restrictions and severance agreements

Tom Sherman, an increasingly rare generalist, has nearly 50 years of hands-on, results-oriented accomplishments and successes in a wide variety of legal matters, including:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • SEC practice and compliance
  • Insurance law with a focus on life settlements
  • Commercial and employment law
  • Equity and debt, public and private financings
  • General corporate law
  • Litigation, including mass-tort litigation management
  • Senior executive matters, including employment contracts, non-competition restrictions and severance agreements

Tom’s representative experience includes:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions – Structured, negotiated, drafted and consummated mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and spin-offs ranging in size up to $1.4 billion
  • Equity & Debt Financings – Negotiated and closed equity offerings of up to $1.2 billion and public and private long- and short-term debt financings of up to $600 million. Participated in the creation of commercial paper programs, medium-term note placements and revolving bank debt
  • Commercial Law – Counseled large public and private companies ensuring legal compliance as well as providing legal/business advice on a wide range of issues, including antitrust, advertising, employee and labor relations, marketing, purchasing, litigation, real estate, environmental, safety, insurance programs and other matters
  • Litigation Management – Supervised nationwide defense of lawsuits involving national companies, including antitrust class actions, product liability, employee discrimination/wrongful termination and mass tort cases
  • Corporate – Served in Corporate Secretary function for three Fortune 500 companies with responsibility for Board and Committee meetings, Shareholder meetings, resolutions, formation and dissolution of subsidiaries, preparation of SEC public offering documents, reports and proxy statements, securities law compliance programs and other counseling matters
  • Insurance and Life Settlements – An industry recognized thought leader and speaker in all aspects of the life settlement industry, including federal tax reporting, life insurance policy purchasing and sales, regulatory compliance and related matters
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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D.,

    cum laude

    , University of Michigan Law School, 1971

    Order of the Coif

  • B.B.A., University of Michigan, 1966

    Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Accounting Fraternity

Bar Admissions
  • Georgia, 1992
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, State Bar of Georgia
Professional History
    • Of Counsel, Locke Lord LLP
    • Former Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Leggett & Platt, Incorporated
    • Former Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
    • Former First Lieutenant, United States Army; RVN