Thomas J. ImmelOf Counsel
Areas of Practice
Tom Immel has practiced law for more than 45 years with a focus on business law in all its aspects. He knows how to get deals done, having built up a bank of knowledge on getting from A to B and from “no” to “yes.” Tom uses his deal-making experience to advise FeldmanWasser attorneys and to serve the many long-time clients who regularly seek his know-how.
Having spent years as the lead environmental attorney for a major Chicago law firm, as well as first assistant attorney general for the Illinois environmental law division, Tom is an authority on how regulations affect business. He routinely assists clients in navigating regulatory matters involving the EPA, financing mergers and acquisitions, and structuring complex real estate development deals.
Tom began his career in the Foreign Service and went on to serve as the head of the criminal division of the Illinois attorney general. In this role, he argued successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court. However, he is proudest of the multiple large commercial real estate developments he has helped to realize as a commercial lawyer, as well as his own 11-year experience running a real estate business in New Mexico.
Tom believes business is about dealing with people and understanding where they are, a talent that no one can teach and that every professional must master.
- Illinois, 1968
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1969
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2002
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2002
- 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1970
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1968
- Northwestern University, B.A., 1964
Cases and Results
- Oversaw the development of many vital commercial real estate enterprises, including large sports complexes, convention centers, shopping malls and business parks.
- Managed complex real estate deals involving tiered financing, multiple lenders, full partners as well as private venture capital investors, banking disputes, political rivalries and numerous attorneys.
- Argued successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1972 appeal of Moore v. the State of Illinois, a first-degree murder case.
- In his only criminal defense case, Tom won the federal district court’s first non-guilty verdict against IRS allegations of tax fraud in more than a decade.