As professionals, it is of paramount importance to use that we remain available to serve our clients while acting in the best interest of the public. Our offices remain open. However, we have taken steps to limit the number of attorneys, staff, and guests who will be physically present in the offices of the firm. As a general rule, attorneys and staff will work remotely from home and will not be holding in-person meetings in our offices. Our goal is to use social distancing to maintain safety while continuing to serve our clients. We have been preparing for this day for some time. Thanks to our amazing people, we expect to be able to provide the same level of service as before.


You can still reach your attorney or paralegal by phone, email, or videoconference. If there is a need to meet in person, we will do our best to make that happen in a way that complies with the best guidance on public health. While our immediate concern is the health and safety of our people, our clients, and the public, we have been helping clients deal with the disruption that COVID-19 is causing to their lives and businesses. That will continue to be a focus of Cline Williams as we move through these difficult days together. We know many of you are dealing with these challenges in your own organizations as well as at home. As always, we deeply value your trust, friendship and support. You can be certain that we are here to support you, your families, and our community. Stay safe, and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis:

Tom’s practice includes all aspects of real estate law and commercial development with a focus on community development and its related tax increment financing. Tom represents developers and over 20 municipalities in this area. He is active in the land use area, representing his clients in zoning and planning matters such as governmental permitting and subdivision. Tom represents borrowers and lenders in the area of real estate finance, specifically providing advice on document preparation and review of construction financing and commercial loans. His clients include developers and lenders engaged in affordable housing development, which includes financing involving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit housing projects. Tom also represents developers financing projects using the New Markets Tax Credit.

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University of Nebraska, J.D., with distinction, 1986
University of Nebraska, B.S., with distinction, 1982

Other Experience/Achievements:

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Listed: Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/ White, Inc.) (Real Estate Law)
  • Named: Best Lawyers' 2018 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year for Lincoln
  • Named: Best Lawyers' 2017 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year for Lincoln
  • Named: Best Lawyers' 2014 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year for Lincoln
  • Listed: Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers & Partners Publishing) (Real Estate; Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use)
  • Adjunct professor, Graduate Department of Community and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska
  • Recipient, Housing Champion Award presented by the Nebraska Investment Financial Authority, 2008
  • Recipient, Mitsuo Kawamoto Award for Excellence in Planning presented by the Nebraska Planning and Zoning Association, 2010
  • Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Lincoln, 2006-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lincoln, 2000-2005
  • Member, Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness
  • Member, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, 2007-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Pius X High School, 2000-2010