Of Counsel

Thomas E. Dew

Phone: 734-994-1295
Fax: 734-994-0206

E-mail Address:

Professional Experience

THOMAS E. DEW has extensive experience in advising clients in all areas of federal tax law, including income tax, corporate tax, partnership tax, employee benefits, estate and gift taxation and the organization and operation of tax-exempt organizations (both private foundations and public charities). Mr. Dew has over 30 years’ experience handling tax disputes, appeals and United States Tax Court litigation. Mr. Dew also has extensive experience in counseling “start-up” and emerging business entities; arranging business financing (including venture capital negotiations and equity private placements); mergers and acquisitions; business purchases and sales and business succession planning. He also serves as general counsel to numerous small and mid-size corporations and limited liability companies. In addition to his business and tax practice, Mr. Dew has extensive experience in estate and trust administration; assists clients in asset protection planning; and designs and implements highly sophisticated estate planning of all kinds. Mr. Dew has over five years’ experience with the Internal Revenue Service; serving both as a Revenue Officer responsible for the collection of unpaid federal taxes and later as a Revenue Agent, specializing in the examination of federal estate tax and gift tax returns. He also has six years’ experience as a Vice-President at the Ann Arbor Trust Company (now KeyBank), handling estate planning, estate administration and trust tax matters.

Mr. Dew is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Bar Association (where he is a past Chairperson of the Tax Section), the Washtenaw Estate Planning Council (where he is a past President), and the New Enterprise Forum. He also has served as an investigator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission and is the Chairman of a Washtenaw County discipline hearing panel of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. He is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and his biography is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America. He also has served as the President of the Ann Arbor Public Housing Commission as is a former Trustee of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor and at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Mr. Dew frequently lectures for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and other groups on various tax and estate planning subjects.

B.A., The University of Michigan

Law School
J. D., The Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University

Practice Areas
Skilled federal and Michigan tax counsel to individuals and businesses in a number of areas including:

  • Individual income tax planning
  • Estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning
  • Fiduciary income tax planning
  • IRS audits and appeals
  • Tax collection defense
  • US tax court litigation
  • Offers in compromise
  • Representation of "Innocent Spouses"
  • Establishment of private foundations and public charities

We take pride in our efforts to "keep current" regarding new cases, rulings, or tax legislation affecting our clients.

Other Areas:
Estate Planning and Estate Settlement
Asset Protection Planning
Business and Corporate Law

Professional & Bar Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
Washtenaw County Bar Association (where he is a past Chairperson of the Tax Section)
Washtenaw Estate Planning Council (where he is a past President)
New Enterprise Forum