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Thomas B. Kern


Tom Kern, Partner at Walter Haverfield


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Thomas is a member of the Firm’s Business Services Group. He advises and counsels entrepreneurs and businesses from a variety of industries at each stage of their life cycle, including business formation, capital raising, intellectual property protection, licensing, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and litigation, supply chain, and day-to-day business issues.  Thomas’s mission is to guide clients in achieving their objectives.


  • Selected for inclusion to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2017-18




  • Regularly counsels transportation clients in operating procedures and contracting practices, representing international and domestic carriers, freight forwarders, commercial shippers, transportation brokers, and warehousemen
  • Provides strategic advice to help transportation businesses grow, advises businesses on supply-chain practices, and manages regulatory investigations
  • Manages disputes related to breaches of transportation agreements, insurance coverage, trade secrets, unfair competition, class action defense, pricing, and cargo claims

Intellectual Property

  • Represents technology companies as well as portfolio companies of major venture capital and private equity funds
  • Acts as lead outside counsel on intellectual property, Metaverse law, technology transactions, and privacy and data security compliance
  • Manages trademark, copyright, and e-commerce matters, counseling clients on domestic and international filing applications and options
  • Focuses on drafting complex licensing agreements involving copyrights, trademarks, fair use and rights of publicity/privacy counseling, creative content, and celebrity endorsements
  • Guides clients on the protection of trade secrets, drafts and reviews confidentiality, non-competition, and non-circumvention agreements


  • Counsels cannabis growers, distributors, product manufacturers, and ancillary businesses on the industry’s complex laws and regulations
  • Advises cannabis companies on regulatory compliance, company formation, risk avoidance, corporate transactions, contracts and licensing, intellectual property protection, and brand strategy
  • Works closely with investors in the cannabis space and guides hemp, health and beauty brand clients in navigating CBD and FDA laws


  • Ohio Bar Association