Thomas S. Cullen


200 East Saint Julian Street
PO Box 9848
Savannah, GA 31412-0048

Tel 912.236.0261
Fax 912.236.4936

Tom Cullen is a partner in the Savannah office, where he practices in the areas of general corporate, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. 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 and acts as the outside general counsel for many of these businesses. He has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, and change in control transactions. Tom’s value comes not only from his expertise and experience, but from his creative and practical problem-solving skills.

Tom holds or has held leadership roles within the Firm, including practice group leader and member of the management committee. He has served on many nonprofit boards, including acting as chairman of the board for the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia.

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.

Community Work

  • American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia: Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Old Savannah City Mission: Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Armstrong State University Educational Properties Foundation: Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Leadership Savannah: Class of 2000-2002



University of Georgia School of Law: J.D., cum laude, 1994
University of Illinois: B.S., Economics, 1991


  • American Bar Association
  • Savannah Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia: Legal Opinion Committee


Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, 2013-2024
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Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012-2013 & 2015-2021
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Lawyer of the Year: Corporate Law, 2014 & 2020
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
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Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated
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Licensed In



Raising money for your business

September 18, 2004

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,…


Keeping a watchful eye on potential fraud from within your organization: Learn the latest trends and email tactics
Presented by Tom Cullen and Christopher Smith in Savannah, Georgia, on May 19, 2016.