Thomas J. Whalen

Thomas J. Whalen

Dayton, Ohio
(937) 220-4993

Tom is a member of the firm’s Corporate Law Department.  Tom views his practice through an entrepreneurial lens, with a unique appreciation for business people and the daily challenges they face in running and growing a business.  Tom strives to help his clients achieve their business and personal goals by providing straightforward business and legal solutions to complex problems.  Tom represents a wide range of businesses and entrepreneurs across a broad spectrum of industries and professions.

When working with his clients, Tom’s goals are to (1) recognize meaningful details without losing sight of the big picture, (2) keep the client’s objectives at the forefront, (3) maximize efficiency, and (4) communicate in straight-forward, understandable terms.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Contract Review and Preparation
  • Business Formation, Operation, and Maintenance
  • Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations / 501(c)(3)
  • Employment and Contractor Relationships
  • Health Care
  • Real Estate and Leasing
  • Creditors’ Rights and Creditor Protection
  • Licensing and soft intellectual property

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2011


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. cum laude
  • Miami University
    • B.S.
    • Honors: Honors and Scholars Program
    • Major: Finance

Published Works

  • Danyelle Wright and Thomas J. Whalen, Wright on Conkright v. Frommert, 2010 Emerging Issues 5070,, 2010
  • Danyelle Wright and Thomas J. Whalen, Wright on Health Care Service Corp. v. Pollitt, 2010 Emerging Issues 4923,, 2010
  • Danyelle S.T. Wright and Thomas J. Whalen, Wright on Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), 2009 Emerging Issues 4538,, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Dayton Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree
  • 2016 Miami University Alumni Award – “18 of the Last 9”
  • 2018 Ohio Rising Stars List (<2.5% of attorneys in Ohio)
  • 2019 Ohio Rising Stars List (<2.5% of attorneys in Ohio)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Dayton Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Big Hoopla (Legal Counsel; Local Organizing Committee Member)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dayton Board of Directors (Member)
  • Dayton Art Institute Planned Giving Counsel (Member)
  • University of Dayton Alumni Board of Trustees (Trustee)
  • Hoopology Inc. (Legal Counsel; Organizing Committee Member)