Thomas Lupica

Thomas A. Lupica

About Thomas

Tom is the firm’s Administrative Partner and the Chairman of the Business, Real Estate & Tax Service Group. Tom’s practice involves the representation of a wide range of business and individual clients, from sole proprietors and closely-held businesses to publicly traded corporations. Tom works closely with his clients from formation, through growth, mergers, and acquisitions, to eventual succession planning and wealth preservation. Tom provides services in the areas of corporate and real estate law, estate planning, and asset protection, and has extensive experience in connection with all types of business matters and sophisticated estate planning techniques, including family limited partnerships. Tom also assists with the procurement of real estate investments within the United States for many international clients. Tom is an avid boater and is a Past Commodore of the historical Maumee River Yacht Club.

Representative Matters

  • Acquisition and development representation in connection with large national development companies

  • Acquisition, merger and divestiture representation in connection with numerous entities/individuals

  • General business representation of wide range of companies

  • Creative and aggressive wealth preservation and succession planning


  • Ohio State Bar Association

  • Toledo Bar Association

  • Technical Editor, University of Toledo Law Review 1990

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards

  • The Crew’s Nest

  • Maumee River Yacht Club

  • Associated Yacht Clubs

  • Inter-Lake Yachting Association


  • University of Toledo (B.A. 1987, cum laude with college honors)

  • University of Toledo (J.D. 1990, cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • All Ohio Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Practice Areas

Asset Protection

There are various means to utilize to protect client assets. Our preferred approach is to be proactive and establish a plan in advance of any credit problems. We also work with clients who are facing imminent creditor problems to preserve assets.

Banking and Financial Institutions

The attorneys at Spengler Nathanson have over sixty years of experience representing banks and other financial institutions in connection with all phases of banking law and operations, including loan document creation, collections, repossessions and foreclosures.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Protection

Our attorneys help companies and individuals address the issues and take advantage of the opportunities which exist in todays markets. Our clients include banks, manufacturers, distributors, health care providers, and retail merchants.

Business and Corporate Law

Our attorneys assist clients with entity formation and the drafting of organizational documents for such businesses as limited liability companies, for-profit corporations, and non-profit entities. We also counsel new and established businesses and corporations regarding mergers, acquisitions, compliance, taxation issues, corporate governance, and a variety of other areas.

Commercial and Residential Leasing

Our attorneys are adept at both the commercial and residential aspects of real estate leasing law. We will prepare or review your lease, carefully explain the contents, and assist in the negotiations of its terms. We have handled numerous commercial and residential leasing transactions for landlords, developers, and tenants.

Commercial Law

Commercial law is a body of law that regulates the conduct of persons, merchants, and businesses who are engaged in trade, sales, and commerce. Also known as business law, our commercial law attorneys are experienced in a subject that interacts with many other areas of law .

Compliance & Governance

Compliance is an important part of any governance framework. It sets and maintains a culture that steers the actions, operations, and outcomes of companies, medical practices, and entire health systems. Whether you are building a compliance program from the ground up or making adjustments as part of a regular assessment, our attorneys can be your skilled resource.

Construction and Lien Law

Our attorneys have broad experience in construction and lien law, from the planning stage through completion and, when needed, dispute resolution. We have represented homebuilders, developers, homeowners, condominium developers, general contractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, construction managers, financial institutions, investors, landlords and tenants, municipalities, and title, bond and liability insurers.

Contract Disputes

Our attorneys have considerable experience representing clients in connection with all types of contract disputes, written or verbal. If you think you have a contract and feel the other party has not lived up to their end of the deal, we will help you to determine whether a contract exists and whether or not it is capable of enforcement.

Elder Law

Our attorneys work with clients and their caregivers, where applicable, to provide the appropriate means to protect elderly clients from potential problems related to their assets and their physical well-being. Issues we can assist with can include Medicaid planning and estate planning, asset protection and assistance with issues related to in-home or nursing home care.

Employee Handbooks

Employee handbooks are excellent tools for outlining consistent employer practices, and for preserving employer flexibility and management rights such as employment at will. Our attorneys frequently review employee handbooks for compliance with federal and state employment laws, and recommend language and policies to protect employers and their businesses.


Our attorneys have experience in many aspects of environmental law: from the issues raised during the handling of hazardous materials to the resolution of natural resource problems. These services include helping buyers and sellers of property avoid environmental liabilities through the use and analysis of Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. We also have experience in the preservation of wetlands, conservation easements, parklands and other dedicated uses.

Estate Planning

Our attorneys offer a full array of estate planning services, including the drafting of wills, various types of trusts, limited liability companies, and family limited partnerships, as well as generation skipping tax planning and tax return preparation. We also help with preparation of advance directives, such as living wills and durable power of attorney. We can help you plan for your future to make the transition of your wealth to younger generations as seamless as possible.

Family Limited Partnerships

Our attorneys can help form a Family Limited Partnership in conjunction with estate planning and the asset protection process, where appropriate. With careful planning and a legitimate business purpose a family limited partnership can be a very effective way to achieve the leveraged transfer of assets from one generation to the next.


Our attorneys have experience handling various aspects of landlord/tenant relationships—both residential and commercial. From drafting and advising on leases, renting policies, tenant notices, counseling landlords as tenant issues arise, and handling eviction proceedings and litigation. We can be a resource for both landlords and tenants alike.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our attorneys represent a wide range of businesses in connection with the development of growth strategies, including mergers and acquisitions. From planning to drafting and from negotiating to closing, we will assist you with all of your growth needs. We often use a team approach so that each of your specified growth needs, whether tax, environmental, ERISA, or labor is addressed in a timely and efficient manner.

Nonprofit Organizations

Our attorneys will help you organize to qualify for non-profit status if your corporation benefits the public, a specific group of individuals or the membership. Some of the non-profits we have represented include: religious organizations, charitable organizations, political organizations, metropolitan parks, credit unions and membership clubs.

Real Estate

Our attorneys represent owners, builders, contractors, developers, landlords, and tenants in all types of real estate transactions, whether residential, commercial, industrial, retail, or office, and as to all types of administrative matters, including building and fire code compliance matters. We have extensive experience in acquisitions, financing, leasing, development, construction, and sales.

Strategy and Healthcare Innovations

The healthcare industry is ever-changing and with change comes innovation. Spengler Nathanson attorneys stand ready to be a strategic and innovative partner for many players within the industry, from health systems and providers to business start-ups.

Wealth Preservation

Our attorneys have extensive experience in connection with the use of creative and sophisticated techniques and plans to help you retain the wealth you have accumulated, while also planning for the transfer of that wealth to the next generations while minimizing or eliminating the tax you might otherwise have to pay in connection with a transfer upon your death.