Best Lawyers in America, 2010-present (Insurance Law)
Special Assistant Attorney General, Michigan, 2011-present
“Most Important Opinions of the Year”, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012 (Insurance), 1999 (No-Fault)
"Best in the West; West Michigan's Best Lawyers", Grand Rapids Magazine, 2010 (Insurance Law)
Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Civil Trial Practice, Insurance Defense, Transportation Law, and General Practice)
National Order of Barristers Honors Society
Indiana University National Trial Competition Team (Captain)
American Jurisprudence Award (Trial Process)
Indiana University - Bloomington School of Law, J.D., 1994
Hope College, B.A., cum laude, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
Joining Foster Swift in 2010, Tom TerMaat brings nearly twenty years of private practice experience to his clients' benefit. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, general civil litigation, insurance defense, transportation and trucking law, and premises liability.
Realizing commercial disputes are a common and often mismanaged cost of doing business, Tom is aggressive in seeking ways to provide a vigorous and efficient resolution to a dispute. To that point, Tom is skilled in effective representation of clients in settlement meetings, arbitration and mediation proceedings as well as in the courtroom. The types of matters that he handles for clients include: enforcement of real estate purchase agreements; construction lien litigation; business to business contract disputes; defense of trucking and transportation companies; insurance coverage analysis and litigation; and defense of premises liability claims.
In addition, Tom is recognized as one of the leading experts in Michigan No-Fault Automobile Insurance Law. He has delivered dozens of educational programs on No-Fault Insurance to clients and insurance company claim adjusters over the years, distributed numerous legal alerts on the topic and annually updates and publishes his manual, Michigan No-Fault Insurance Outline, First Party Claims. Tom has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. This makes Tom a leading insurance specialist in Grand Rapids.
Committed to the West Michigan community, Tom has been active in a wide range of local legal, community and political organizations since starting his career. Tom and his wife, Vivian, live in Ada with their three daughters.