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 is routinely ranked as one of "America's Leading Lawyers" by Chambers USA, most recently in 2017 for Banking and Finance. “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.” He also is selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (1995-2018) in the areas of Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management. Tom is also routinely selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers List, most recently in 2018 for Banking law. 

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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.

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Practice Areas

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1974
  • Indiana University, B.A., 1971

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Contact Tom

  • tcicarella@calfee.com
  • 216.622.8378
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Practice Areas

  • Business Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Commercial Business and Finance
  • Energy Industry Team
  • Health Care
  • Energy and Natural Resources, Oil, Gas & Shale

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1974
  • Indiana University, B.A., 1971

Admissions

  • State of Ohio