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Thomas F. McKee

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities & Corporate Finance Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-622-8420
Fax: 216-241-0816
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2008
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
Attorney Profile

Tom McKee serves as Senior Chairman of Calfee, focusing on developing client relationships as well as pursuing new business and market opportunities. He is a member of the firm's Corporate and Finance practice group. 

In addition to his management responsibilities, Tom also maintains an active practice of counseling private and public corporations in general corporate and securities matters. He focuses on capital-raising activities, including public offerings and private placements, as well as mergers and acquisitions, primarily for public companies.

In connection with capital raising and investment activities, he represents both regional and national investment banking firms on activities related to corporate finance, compliance and private equity matters.

Tom also represents a number of leading private equity firms focused on the middle market and serves on the Board of a number of their portfolio companies.

Tom’s 30+ years of counseling in the securities and financial industries is a key component of the firm’s White-Collar Defense and Investigations practice – enhancing the team’s ability to protect corporations, financial institutions and their individual directors when involved in regulatory investigations.

Tom is actively engaged in community activities and currently serves as a Trustee of Case Western Reserve University (Executive Committee) and the Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra). He was a long-standing Trustee of the Achievement Centers for Children and was named Trustee Emeritus upon completion of his service as a Trustee.

Tom has served as corporate secretary and counsel to the board of directors for various publicly-traded companies, including the following:

  • RPM International (NYSE)
  • McDonald & Company Investments, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Signature Brands USA, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • NCS Healthcare Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • DataTrak International, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • Camelot Music Holdings, Inc. (OTC)

He has also served as a director of Mr. Coffee, Inc. (Nasdaq) and Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE), and he is currently a member of the board of directors of several privately-held companies and portfolio companies of private equity firms as well as an advisory director of several private equity funds.

Tom is routinely recognized for his work in Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA. Most recently, Chambers USA 2020 noted that Tom "is considered a trusted adviser to corporate clients on transactional and governance-related issues, most notably on capital markets work."

In 2019, Chambers USA researchers reported that Tom stands out in the market for his experience in advising top-level corporate and private equity clients on capital market and M&A matters. He is described by one source as "a dean of the transactional practice."  

For more than 25 years he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (1995-2021) in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law. He previously received the distinction of Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law. 

Tom was previously named a Client Service All-Star (2008, 2016) in the Securities and Capital Markets area by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc, a national strategic market research firm. The lawyers were selected by corporate counsel at a range of companies with revenues greater than $1 billion for consistently demonstrating a superior focus on their company’s needs, innovative solutions to their company’s problems, an unmatched understanding of their company’s business, and unparalleled legal skills. 

Tom has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell

In 2015, Tom was named one of the top 100 “Most Connected” Business Leaders in Northeast Ohio by Crain’s Cleveland Business. (Based on a third-party study commissioned by Crain’s).

Joining Calfee in 1975, Tom was elected partner in 1982. He was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 1992 and became Vice Chairman in 1999. Tom also has served on the firm’s Management Committee since its formation in 1999. He was elected Co-chairman of Calfee in 2005, Chairman in 2008, and Senior Chairman in 2019.

About Thomas F. McKee

First Admitted: 1975, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

Representative Clients

  • RPM International (NYSE)
  • McDonald & Company Investments, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE)
  • Signature Brands USA, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • NCS Healthcare Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • DataTrak International, Inc. (Nasdaq)
  • Camelot Music Holdings, Inc. (OTC)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee and the Business Law Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity Section, Member, 2021
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Leadership Advisory Council, Member, 2021
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Securities Law Section, Member, 2021
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Securities Law Section, Member, 2021
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2021
  • Society of Benchers, Member, 2021

Educational Background

  • J.D., high honors, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1975
  • B.A., high distinction, University of Michigan, 1970


  • Corporate/M&A, Senior Statesperson, Chambers USA, 2020
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” Securities and Capital Markets; Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
  • Client Service All-Star, Securities and Capital Markets, BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2016
  • Top 100 “Most Connected” Business Leaders in Northeast Ohio, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Case Western Reserve University, Executive Committee Member, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Trustee, 2021
  • Achievement Centers for Children, Trustee, 2021
  • The Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Festival), Trustee, 2021
  • Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital National Leadership Council (University Hospital Health System), Trustee, 2021
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Visiting Committee, Member, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Private and Family-Owned Businesses
  • Private Equity
  • Public Companies
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Office Location for Thomas F. McKee

1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

Last Updated: 2/14/2022

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