Biography

Tom focuses on international corporate law (cross-border transactions, market entry, general corporate) and cross-border disputes (trans-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration). He is the senior foreign attorney (Partner) at Barun Law in Seoul, Korea, where he is involved in a broad range of international corporate and advocacy matters, representing many of the world's largest companies, foreign governments and entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining Barun Law, Tom practiced law with Kim, Shin & Yu in Korea, Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. and with Vinson & Elkins in Austin, Texas.

A Maine native, he was born in Portland and splits his time between Seoul, Maine and Hawaii.

Tom has written and spoken extensively on Asia-related business and legal matters.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1985)
  • Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981)

Admissions

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia

Professional Affiliations

  • Panelist, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
  • Panelist, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Panelist, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Arbitrator
  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Chairperson of the Panel of Experts of the Korea-European Union FreeTrade Agreement (Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter)

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers for Business as a ranked lawyer 2010-2015
  • Recognized by AsiaLaw as a "Leading Lawyer of 2009," for his general international corporate practice
  • Listed in Chambers Global for his work in International Dispute Resolution

Civic Involvement

  • Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce
    • Chairman, 2001-2003
    • Vice Chairman, 1998-2001; 2005-2011
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Koreao
    • Special Advisor to the Board, 2015-present
    • Vice Chairman, 2011-2014
    • Member, Board of Governors, 1991-1994; 1995-2007; 2009-2011
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea
    • Member, Board of Governors, 2005-present
  • Kiwi Chamber of Commerce in Korea
    • Special Advisor, 2009-present

Presentations

  • Tom has written and spoken extensively on Asia-related business and legal matters.