Developer Agreements

Tom's discussion topic will focus on developer agreements and other tools for local governments.

Tom has over 30 years of experience representing small businesses and municipalities. He assists closely held businesses with all aspects of business planning, including choice of entity, capital formation, ongoing business financing, contract negotiation, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, mergers and acquisitions.

In that time, he has worked on a number of issues that arise for municipalities, including ordinance drafting, negotiation and preparation of developer's agreements, frac sand mining, moratoriums, advising on open meetings, public records and conflict issues. He also represents community banks in financial workouts, including the structure and documentation for significant commercial loans.

A founder of Bakke Norman in 1985, Tom has served as the firm's managing shareholder since 1999. He has worked in various capacities with the State Bar of Wisconsin, helping plan and develop the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference and acting as chair of the Law Office Management Section.

Tom is a member of the economic development boards for Baldwin and New Richmond and a director of the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation. He also served on the Baldwin-Woodville Area School Board for 15 years.

Tom stays active as a basketball referee, running and playing golf.