Thomas Springer is a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group, focusing his practice on Federal Indian Law, representing tribes and tribal businesses on a variety of issues including economic development, infrastructure and transportation facilities, land acquisitions and exchanges, and fee to trust transfers.
Thomas has successfully negotiated tribal gaming compacts and intergovernmental agreements, appeared numerous times before federal advisory committees, and has successfully advocated the tribal position on legislation at the state and federal levels. He is also intimately familiar with the federal regulatory process on tribal gaming matters and has advocated on behalf of clients during rule promulgation during both consultation and negotiated rule-making processes.
He has also represented state and national firms, industry trade organizations and professional associations from industries including healthcare, telecommunications, securities, insurance, financial services, building construction, electric and natural gas utilities and pharmaceuticals.
Thomas formerly served four terms as a Wisconsin state representative. While in the State Assembly, he:
- Served as chair of the Excise and Fees Committee.
- Served four terms on the Assembly Health Committee.
- Led efforts on agricultural commodities exchange reform.
Education and Honors
- University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2001)
- University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1991)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
Professional and Civic Activities
- American Bar Association
- Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists