Thomas J. Immel

On a first-degree murder case, Tom Immel argued successfully before the United States Supreme Court

Thomas J. Immel
Of Counsel

Tom Immel has more than 45 years of practicing law, with a focus on business law in all its aspects. “I know how to get deals done,” he explains. “I’ve built up a bank of knowledge on how to get from A to B, from no to yes.” Tom uses his deal-making expertise to advise the attorneys at Feldman Wasser and to serve the large numbers long-time clients who regularly seek his know-how.

Having spent years as the lead environmental attorney for a major Chicago law firm, as well as first Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois environmental law division, Tom is an authority on how regulations affect business. He routinely assists clients in navigating regulatory matters involving the EPA, financing mergers and acquisitions, and structuring complex real estate development deals.

Tom began his career in the Foreign Service and went on to serve as the head of the Illinois State Attorney General’s criminal division. In this role he argued successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court. However, he is proudest of the multiple large commercial real estate developments he has helped to realize as a commercial lawyer, as well as his own 11-year experience running a real estate business in New Mexico.

“At the end of the day, business is all about dealing with people and understanding where they are,” he notes. “Nobody can teach you that. You have to master it yourself.”

Phone: 217-544-3403
Fax: 217-544-1593
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Areas of Practice
Real Estate
Corporate Law
Environmental Law

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 1968

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1969

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2002

U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2002

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1970

U.S. Supreme Court, 1971

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL, J.D., 1968

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, B.A., 1964


Tom has overseen the development of many vital commercial real estate enterprises, including large sport complexes, convention centers, shopping malls, and business parks.

Tom has managed complex real estate deals involving tiered financing, multiple lenders, full partners as well as private venture capital investors, banking disputes, political rivalries, and numerous attorneys.

Tom ran the environmental practice for a large Chicago law firm in the 1980s and is highly experienced in environmental regulations and zoning issues.

In the 1972 appeal of Moore vs. the State of Illinois, Tom argued successfully before the United States Supreme Court on a first-degree murder case.

In his only criminal defense case, Tom won the federal district court’s first non-guilty verdict against IRS allegations of tax fraud in more than a decade.

A businessman himself, Tom spent 11 years running a real estate company in New Mexico.