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Thomas F. McKee Chairman

Tom serves as Chairman of Calfee, focusing on developing client relationships, as well as pursuing new business and market opportunities.  In addition, he serves as co-chair of the firm’s Business Transactions Department, which includes the Securities and Capital Markets, Commercial Business and Finance, Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity groups.


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In addition to his management responsibilities, Tom also maintains an active practice of counseling private and public corporations in general corporate and securities matters.  He focuses on capital raising activities, including public offerings and private placements, as well as mergers and acquisitions, primarily for public companies. In connection with capital raising and investment activities, he represents both regional and national investment banking firms on activities related to corporate finance, compliance and private equity matters.  Tom’s 30+ years of counseling in the securities and financial industries is a key component of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice — enhancing the team’s ability to protect corporations, financial institutions and their individual directors when involved in regulatory investigations.

Tom is a member of the American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee and the Business Law Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity Section.  He is also a member of the Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations, Securities Law Section.  Tom is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  He also is a trustee of Case Western Reserve University (Executive Committee); the Achievement Centers for Children; The Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Festival); and the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital National Leadership Council (University Hospital Health System).

Tom has served as corporate secretary and counsel to the board of directors for various publicly-traded companies, including RPM International, McDonald & Company Investments, Inc. (NYSE); Signature Brands USA, Inc. (Nasdaq); NCS Healthcare Inc. (Nasdaq); DataTrak International, Inc. (Nasdaq) and Camelot Music Holdings, Inc. (OTC).  He has also served as a director of Mr. Coffee, Inc. (Nasdaq) and Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE), and is currently a member of the board of directors of several privately-held companies and portfolio companies of private equity firms as well as an advisory director of several private equity funds.

In 2016, Tom was selected as an “All Star” in the BTI Client Service Report in the Securities & Capital Markets area.  The lawyers were named by corporate counsel at a range of companies with revenue above $1 billion as consistently demonstrating a superior focus on their company’s needs, innovative solutions to their company’s problems, an unmatched understanding of their company’s business, and unparalleled legal skills.  Tom has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America for more than 10 years in the areas of corporate and securities law, recently receiving the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” (Securities and Capital Markets). He is also recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA. According to Chambers, Tom possesses “incredible experience and fantastic business sense.” Tom has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Society of Benchers and the Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

In 2015, Tom was named one of the top 100 “Most Connected” business leaders in Northeast Ohio by Crain’s Cleveland Business. (Based on a third party study commissioned by Crain’s).

Joining Calfee in 1975, Tom became a partner in 1982.  He was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 1992, becoming Vice Chairman in 1999. Tom also has served on the firm’s Management Committee since its formation in 1999.  He was elected Co-Chairman of Calfee in 2005 and became Chairman in 2009.