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Thomas A. Cicarella Partner

Tom serves as chair of the firm’s Commercial Business and Finance group.  He is seasoned in working with clients on their commercial business and finance matters as well as in dealing with bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters.

His over 30 years of experience includes counseling clients through the complexities of leveraged buyouts, and domestic and international financing.  He negotiates multi currency, multi bank, ESOP and asset based financing.  Tom works closely with clients in structuring commercial relationships, domestic and international business agreements, SWAPS and other derivative transactions, equipment and facility leasing, venture capital and SBIC transactions.  In addition, he has extensive experience in asset backed securitizations, bankruptcy proceeding acquisitions, workouts, restructuring and recapitalization transactions, and counseling domestic and international financial institutions.

Tom serves on the board and as secretary for several of his clients, and as a board member for both the Cleveland Law Library and the Shaker Heights Library.  Tom formerly served as president of the board of directors for the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.   A former associate adjunct professor for Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, he is a frequent lecturer at commercial law and business conferences.   Tom has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years, as an Ohio Super Lawyer, as well as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in several editions of Chambers USA. “He’s so good I hate coming against him,” one peer is quoted as saying in Chambers. “He knows how to represent his client and he’ll always win the debate at the end of the day.”

Tom began his tenure with Calfee in 1974, becoming a partner in 1981.  He was elected to the firm’s executive committee in 1994 and its management committee in 2001.