Thomas M. Cleary


Having facilitated countless complex mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financing transactions, Tom Cleary realizes that his clients appreciate how well his counsel assists to protect, leverage and monetize the value that these clients have created. When entrepreneurs and business owners are ready to make consequential decisions involving their businesses, Tom delivers the seasoned guidance needed to help them achieve their goals.

In addition to his extensive M&A experience, Tom represents clients in a wide range of industries in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. Tom has represented a number of well-known buyout, venture capital and other private equity financing sources, including independent sponsors. Tom also has experience with transactions involving Article 9 and foreclosure sales, and cross border transactions, and has as an additional specialty extensive experience involving the purchase and sale of family and founder owned businesses. Tom has acted as outside corporate and securities counsel to various public and private issuers, including an array of high technology, aerospace and defense, e-commerce, software, healthcare, grocery store, food service, retail and distribution and consumer products companies, specialty manufacturers, veterinary service organizations, toy manufacturers, and clothing retailers. From 2005 to 2013, Tom served as a director and the secretary of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Tom's clients benefit from his knowledge regarding how important the transactions that they entrust to him can be. These clients realize that every strategic decision, every tack taken in negotiations, and every approach developed, is premised on one thing - getting a transaction completed efficiently and in a timely and cost effective manner – thus maximizing the upside for the client.

While Tom immerses himself in the details of all transactions, he at all times remains focused on the issues that genuinely matter, while disposing of those that could lead to distraction or delay. Tom marshals the resources and assembles the individuals that are best suited to the needs and nuances of each transaction – and at all times maximizing cost-effectiveness, but never sacrificing the diligence needed to protect a client’s best interests. 

For my clients, many of whom have built thriving enterprises from the ground up, and over years or decades, business and personal interests are often inextricably intertwined. When you recognize that, making a personal commitment to these clients’ success comes quite easily.
    • University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1989
    • University of Notre Dame, B.S., Chemical Engineering. with honors, Tau Beta Pi, 1985 
  • Bar Admissions

    • California, 1989
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law, 2023

    • Association for Corporate Growth, Los Angeles Chapter


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