Attorney and Counselor
“[He] listened carefully… and helped me understand how I could accomplish my goals. I appreciate his ability to communicate complex ideas in an understandable way. I highly recommend Thomas for his integrity and legal expertise.” Ilene Kerr, National Children’s Foundation
A careful listener and skilled negotiator, Thomas helps clients securely provide for themselves and their loved ones. Thomas’ clients look to him for estate planning advice to help them achieve their vision for their families, and their assets. Farmers, ranchers, other landowners and conservation organizations all benefit from his innovative and versatile solutions to various estate and land-use planning issues.
Estate Planning, Including Wills, Trusts, and Disability Planning
Succession Planning for Family Land
Settling Estates, Including Probate Proceedings
Securing Conservation Easements
Limiting Your Liabilities
Buying and Selling Rural Land
Working with Land Trusts
Working with Nonprofits
Private-practice attorney since 1992, specializing primarily in estate planning, conservation easements, real estate, probate and nonprofit corporation law.
Counseled clients on planning for the future with comprehensive estate and succession planning strategies.
Assisted clients with asset protection and business-succession planning.
Represented rural landowners in negotiating complex conservation transactions with government agencies and land trusts.
Highly trained mediator with broad expertise, including federal and municipal mediation, employment, environmental, family law issues, and organizational and strategic planning
Education and Honors
Doctor of Jurisprudence (with Honors),Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1992
- McCleskey v. Zant: A Stricter Standard of Review for Abuse of the Writ of Habeas Corpus Involving Successive Federal Petitions. Hall, Thomas S., Creighton Law Review, Volume 25, No. 1, December 1991, Creighton University School of Law.
Educational Seminar Presenter — topics include succession planning for family land, estate planning, end-of-life decision-making, conservation issues, charitable tax law, non-profit board governance
Teaching Elder – Texas Men as Learners and Elders, Men’s Rites of Passage
Adjunct Professor of Theology in the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, since 1997 where he lectures in contemplative practices and the Christian mystical tradition
Led the effort to establish the Crestone/Baca Land Trust in Crestone, Colorado, and served as volunteer legal counsel to the land trust
President, Crestone Charter School Governing Council
Mediator, Metro Mediation, Omaha
Community organizer, Omaha, Nebraska
Thomas came to practice law later in life, following many years as an entrepreneur and businessman. Thomas, his wife, Colleen, and their four children lived in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado for many years, but in 2004, chose to make the move to the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas. Their four children all graduated from the Austin Waldorf School and have now all graduated from college.