Attorneys

Experience

Tom Cullen is a partner in the Savannah office and the head of the Firm’s corporate/tax practice group. Tom practices in the areas of general corporate and corporate governance. His practice focuses on all aspects of general corporate representation, including the formation and organization of business entities, capitalization of such entities through debt or equity offerings, securities issues, commercial transactions, commercial loans, mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, restructurings and other reorganizations, shareholder rights issues, and contract drafting and negotiation.

Tom represents wide-spectrum companies operating in various industry groups. These client companies range from early-stage to established Fortune 500 companies. In these representations, Tom provides counsel on a broad range of legal issues. He has extensive experience in acquisition and change in control transactions.

Tom is currently chair of the board of the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia and serves on the board of the old Savannah City Mission. He holds leadership roles within the Firm, including practice group leader and member of the management committee.

Tom graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Economics in 1991 and from the University of Georgia with a J.D., cum laude, in 1994. At the University of Georgia, he was a member of the editorial board of the Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented a South Carolina-based software development company in the acquisition of all of the assets of a business engaged in the development and licensing of proprietary software used for analysis of data in the development of pharmaceutical drug molecules or products.
  • Represented a health care business in the acquisition of a division of a publicly traded company engaged in the manufacture of certain pharmaceutical products and the related intellectual property.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in the acquisition of all of the assets of a business engaged in the development of certain pharmaceutical products and the intellectual property related thereto.
  • Represented the owner of a health care facility in the sale of a 51% interest in the facility to a business engaged in medical education and research.
  • Represented a software development company in the sale of a substantial minority interest in the company to a business engaged in the provision of health information technology solutions and services.
  • Represented the seller of a business engaged in wastewater treatment and technology.
  • Represented a construction company in the acquisition of a business engaged in the construction industry.
  • Represented a health care provider in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a publicly traded company, including its technology, patents, patent applications, and other know-how and intellectual property relating to pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.
  • Represented the minority owners of a timber company in connection with the spinoff of certain assets of the business in a tax-free exchange.

Recognition

Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, 2013-2019

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012-2013 & 2015-2017

Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

Lawyer of the Year: Corporate Law, 2014

The Best Lawyers in America named Tom Cullen the 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Savannah in the area of Corporate Law. Only one lawyer in each practice area and city is selected as the Lawyer of the Year. The award reflects the high level of respect an attorney has earned from his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2005-2006 & 2009

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

The Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.


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Publications & Presentations

Publications

Raising money for your business

By Thomas S. Cullen, published on September 18, 2004, in Savannah Morning News.

At some point, most businesses experience a need for additional cash – whether it’s for normal growth, working capital needs, financing a capital expenditure, funding the acquisition of new technology or the costs of the expansion of a business.

Although some businesses may satisfy this need through bank loans, other businesses need to raise capital by selling their stock or other securities.

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Choosing an Entity for Your Business

By Thomas S. Cullen, published on September 4, 2004, in Savannah Morning News.

One of the initial decisions facing someone starting a business is choosing the appropriate entity for the business.

Too many times, this decision is either not made at all, delayed until “the business is big enough” or made without any thought about the types of entities available or the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

There are four types of entities under Georgia law: sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or limited liability company.

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Protecting Confidential Information and Business Relationships

By Thomas S. Cullen, published on April 2, 2000, in Savannah Morning News.

The labor force is becoming increasingly more mobile, and in today’s market, employees with access to confidential information and contact with customers often leave their jobs for other opportunities.

Given this environment, employers must find a way to protect confidential information and customer relationships and also retain valued employees. There are various pro-active steps that employers can take to limit unfair advantage to their competitors.

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Presentations

Fit Test Your Business

How fit is your business? This PowerPoint provides overview information on four important aspects of your business’s legal “fitness”: business structure, employment, agreements and contracts, and business succession.

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News

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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Nine HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2017 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is honored to announce that nine attorneys were recently recognized as 2017 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend.

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23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2016 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

Eight HunterMaclean attorneys were recognized as 2016 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend. Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite is compiled by attorneys submitting their nominations through the publication’s website.

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21 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Best Lawyers, which is published annually in almost 70 countries, recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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Six HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2015 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that six attorneys were recently named as 2015 Georgia Trend Legal Elite. Georgia Trend, a statewide business publication, publishes the annual feature honoring Georgia’s leading attorneys.

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20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected For The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 22 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected as Georgia Trend 2013 Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that Georgia Trend recently honored five HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” ranking, which recognizes top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

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Frank S. Macgill and Thomas S. Cullen Honored as “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America® 2014

Two HunterMaclean partners have been recognized as Lawyers of the Year in Savannah metropolitan area.

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25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for Georgia Trend’s 2012 “Legal Elite” Issue

Georgia Trend honored 14 HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” issue, which recognizes the top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

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28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

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Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2009 Rising Stars

Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored eight HunterMaclean attorneys as 2009 Rising Stars, setting a new firm record. All Georgia Rising Stars are 40 or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

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Spotlight

The Architecture of Business: Attorneys Guide Telfair Through Expansion

HunterMaclean helped lay the groundwork for the Telfair Museum of Art to build the new Jepson Center, a sleek, contemporary building on Telfair Square in downtown Savannah. The Jepson successfully bridges the city’s historic architecture with its vibrant future, serving as a centerpiece of Savannah’s cultural community.

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Sweet Success: HunterMaclean Supports Byrd Cookie Company Growth

Byrd Cookie Company began as a small family-owned business in Savannah, Ga., in 1924 and has since earned its reputation as a national leader in the specialty food industry with products in stores nationwide.  Over the past 26 years, HunterMaclean has guided Byrd Cookie Company through critical stages of business expansion.

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