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Partner, Hill Wallack LLP, Yardley, PA

Biography

Tom Jennings has represented national and local business entities for many years in a wide range of commercial transactions, with a particular focus on facility development and operations. Clients rely on Tom for strategic guidance in structuring agreements with the public sector and the formation of public-private partnerships. These activities often involve elements of public policy and procurement issues, economic development, government contracting, environmental regulation and land use planning. He served as counsel to the region's metropolitan planning organization as well as an economic development advisory panel which recommended changes critical to the way public and private sector organizations interact. Tom has served in a general counsel capacity as well as lead project counsel for major business operations on multibillion dollar transactions. Prior to Hill Wallack, Tom was a partner at Saul Ewing and Area Vice President and General Counsel to Waste Management.

Tom is a graduate of Harvard College (AB in Government) and received MBA/JD degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Civic engagement has been a lifelong passion. Tom is an active participant and recognized leader in community organizations, including Citizen Diplomacy International (CDI) of Philadelphia (formerly International Visitors Council); Harvard Club of Philadelphia Schools Committee; Snipes Farm & Education Center; and Pearl S. Buck International, among others. CDI is the region's official international relations organization and a public/private partner with the U.S. Department of State and the City of Philadelphia. Tom and his family have been volunteers for nearly twenty years, serving as homestay hosts to over thirty delegations from Eastern Europe and Asia; arranging for professional meetings and hospitality for visitors from abroad, including: the participants in the State Department's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program; representatives of the region's nine Sister Cities; and international graduate students studying at law and business schools. Tom is a sponsor of First Thursday receptions for the international community in Philadelphia and frequently facilitates meetings among economic development and business leaders and their foreign counterparts.

Tom has been especially proud to have included his entire family in these activities and considers the thoughtful worldview of each of his adult children a direct result of their early introduction to those served by these organizations. It is leading by example and peace-making at the retail level, the responsibility of ordinary citizens.

Tom and Kathy have been married since 1981. They are the parents of Brigid (married to Glenn Sudnick, also of Yardley); Patrick, a resident of Philadelphia; and Charlotte, a PhD candidate in biology at Berkeley. Their perfect grandson, Samuel Thomas Sudnick, and beloved beagle, Oliver Wendell Hound, complete the picture.