Thomas E. Anderson


Tom focuses his practice on intellectual property portfolio management. He has more than 30 years experience in counseling clients on IP matters and extensive experience in litigation. His clients include several fortune 50 companies, as well as technology startups. He counsels clients on developing effective strategies for protecting technology and brand identity, as well as enforcing IP rights and defending against the claims of others.

He earned his J.D. cum laude at the University of Detroit Law School in 1980. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, State Court of Florida and Michigan and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Tom lectures periodically on several aspects of patent and copyright law and is a contributor to the American Bar Association Litigation Section Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter and to the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Law Newsletter.

With two years of engineering at the University of Michigan, he completed studies for his degree in Economics at Wayne State University. After graduation, he completed additional technical course work.


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law  (J.D., 1980)
  • Wayne State University  (B.A., 1974)
    • Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Florida
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida


  • State Bar of Michigan 
    • Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Law Section, council member
    • Computer Law Section
    • International Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Master Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association 
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Litigation Section


  • Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers®
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit for Patent Law (2018)
    • Patent Law (2022-2024)
  • America’s Best Lawyers 22nd Edition (2015)
  • Hensel Award - Arts, Communication Entertainment, and Sports Law Section of State Bar of Michigan (2013)