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.

Professional Activities

  • 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 & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers for Business as a ranked lawyer 2010-2015
  • Recognized by AsiaLaw as a "Leading Lawyer of 2016," in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Dispute Resolution & Litigation
  • Listed in Chambers Global for his work in International Dispute Resolution

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • 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.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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WC Alert: Recent Developments from Maine's Workers' Compensation Board

Frank A. Graf, MD, Reappointed to Approved List of § 312 Examiners At the February 11 meeting of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board, Frank Graf, MD, was reappointed to the list of approved § 312...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

Event

2020 Cannabis Law Breakfast - Winter Update

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2020 Employment Breakfast Series: Strengthening Your Company's Management of Accommodation Requests

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...

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Litigation and Arbitration Venue Provisions in Construction Contracts: When and How They Work

Venue and choice-of-law provisions are fairly standard in construction contacts, but can be overlooked due to their location within a contract. When drafted effectively, these provisions can help limit uncertainty about where and how...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

Publication

The Potential of the Blockchain for Asset Protection Planning

While many legal scholars focus on the challenges and complications seemingly inherent to blockchain and cryptocurrency, others look past the fear and see potential. In this article for Cumberland Law Review , Ian Huyett and Brian Quirk...