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Thomas J. Buiteweg
Partner
734.369.2786    
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Michigan
3025 Boardwalk Street
Suite 120
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734.369.2786
Fax: 410.684.2001
Professional Experience

Tom is a partner in the firm's Ann Arbor, Michigan Office. His practice focuses on helping financial institutions, sales finance companies, motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers to establish and maintain automobile financing and leasing programs.

Tom was the General Counsel of Ally's Insurance Operations from 2011 to 2012. Ally's insurance operations focus on automotive-related insurance and non-insurance products. He was also the Chief Counsel of the Corporate Services Practice Group of the Ally Financial Legal Staff. The Corporate Services Group included the Staff's Human Resource, Intellectual Property, Procurement, Marketing, Privacy, and Electronic Commerce Attorneys. Tom also provided legal support to Ally's North American Automotive Operations.

Tom was a partner from July 2008 to 2011 in Hudson Cook's Ann Arbor, Michigan Office. His practice focused on helping financial institutions, sales finance companies, motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers to establish and maintain automobile financing and leasing programs.

Tom provided legal support to GMAC Financial Services from 1993 to 2008 regarding vehicle financing and leasing operations. From 2005 to 2008, he managed the staff's consumer automotive finance group and served as General Counsel of GMAC's wholly-owned subsidiary that serviced vehicle sales finance and lease accounts in the United States.

Tom was with Coopers & Lybrand from 1988 to 1990 working on financial statement audits and accounting due diligence activities. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Michigan in 1990 (His license is currently inactive). Tom performed pension accounting research as a post-graduate intern for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board from 1987 to 1988.

Tom was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1993. Since 2009, Tom has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Law School teaching a course in sales and secured financing that focuses on dealer and consumer motor vehicle sales and financing.

Tom is actively involved in a vast number of professional memberships including being Vice-chair of the Consumer Financial Service Committee, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association since 2015; he was Vice-chair for the Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Business Law Section for the American Bar Association from 2009 to 2012; Michigan Uniform Law Commissioner of the Uniform Law Commission (the "ULC" is also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) since 2004; Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the ULC since 2015; a Member of the ULC Executive Committee from 2011 to 2013; a Member of the ULC Regulation of Virtual Currencies Drafting Committee since 2015; a Member of the ULC Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act Drafting Committee from 2012 to 2015; a Member of the American Law Institute ("ALI") since 2009; an Adviser to ALI's Restatement Third, The Law of Consumer Contracts since 2013; a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers since 2013 and a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers since 2010; a Member of the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law since 2005; a Member of the ULC's Uniform Manufactured Housing Act Committee from 2011 to 2012; a Member of the ULC Joint Review Committee on Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 from 2008 to 2010; Chair of the Personal Property Subcommittee of the Consumer Financial Service Committee, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association from 2005 to 2008; a Member of the Consumer Issues Task Force of the ULC UCC Article 9 Drafting Committee from 1994-1998; a Member of the X9C1 Electronic Contracting Working Group for ANS X9.103-2004 Standard for Motor Vehicle Retail Sale and Lease Electronic Contracting from 2003 to 2004; a Member of the Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association since 1995; and a Member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association since 1995.

Tom is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of University of Michigan Law School and he received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 1987. He graduated sum cum laude.

Education

Tom is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of University of Michigan Law School.

Tom received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 1987. He graduated sum cum laude.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Tom was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1993. His other professional memberships and activities include:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School, 2009 to present. Tom teaches a course in sales and secured financing that focuses on dealer and consumer motor vehicle sales and financing.
  • Vice-chair, Consumer Financial Service Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, 2015 to present.
  • Vice-chair, Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, 2009 to 2012.
  • Michigan Uniform Law Commissioner, Uniform Law Commission (the "ULC" is also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws), 2004 to present.
  • Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, ULC, 2015 to present.
  • Member, ULC Executive Committee, 2011 to 2013.
  • Member, ULC Regulation of Virtual Currencies Drafting Committee, 2015 to the present.
  • Member, ULC Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act Drafting Committee, 2012 to 2015.
  • Member, American Law Institute ("ALI"), 2009 to present.
  • Adviser, ALI's Restatement Third, The Law of Consumer Contracts, 2013 to present.
  • Fellow, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, 2013 to present.
  • Member, American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, 2010 to present.
  • Member, Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law, 2005 to present.
  • Member, ULC Uniform Manufactured Housing Act Committee, 2011 to 2012.
  • Member, ULC Joint Review Committee on Uniform Commercial Code Article 9, 2008 to 2010.
  • Chair, Personal Property Subcommittee of the Consumer Financial Service Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, 2005 to 2008.
  • Member, Consumer Issues Task Force of the ULC UCC Article 9 Drafting Committee, 1994-1998.
  • Member, X9C1 Electronic Contracting Working Group for ANS X9.103-2004 Standard for Motor Vehicle Retail Sale and Lease Electronic Contracting 2003-2004.
  • Member, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, 1995 to Present.
  • Member, Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, American Bar Association, 1995 to Present.
Speeches and Publications

Tom's speaking engagements and publications include:

  • Speaker on Fair Lending in Automotive Finance, 2014 Non-Prime Auto Financing Conference, sponsored by the National Automotive Finance Association.
  • Speaker on Practical Compliance for Auto Finance Professionals, 2014 Housing and Auto Finance Workshop sponsored by CounselorLibrary.com and Hudson Cook, LLP.
  • Speaker on Tricks and Traps of Auto Finance, 2013 Housing and Auto Finance Workshop sponsored by CounselorLibrary.com and Hudson Cook, LLP.
  • Speaker on CFPB Examination Preparation, 2013 Housing and Auto Finance Workshop sponsored by CounselorLibrary.com and Hudson Cook, LLP.
  • Speaker on UCC Article 9 Developments, 2010 Housing and Auto Finance Workshop sponsored by CounselorLibrary.com and Hudson Cook, LLP.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics for the In-House Lawyer, 2010 Housing and Auto Finance Workshop sponsored by CounselorLibrary.com and Hudson Cook, LLP.
  • Speaker on UCC Updates for Motor Vehicle Creditors, 2009 Consumer Credit Conference presented by the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.
  • Speaker on Case Law Developments under the Bankruptcy Code's Hanging Paragraph, 2009 Debt Collection, Loan Servicing, Foreclosure and Consumer Bankruptcy Conference presented by the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.
  • Speaker on Hot Vehicle Financing Issues under UCC Article 9, 2009 Housing and Auto Finance Workshop sponsored by CounselorLibrary.com and Hudson Cook, LLP.
  • Author, UCC Article 9 Joint Review Committee: Issues in Motor Vehicle Finance, Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 62, No. 3-4, 201-204 (Fall-Winter 2008).
  • Co-author, Federal and state Laws Impacting Lessors and Motor Vehicle Leases of Military Servicemembers, Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 62, No. 3-4, 156-169 (Fall-Winter 2008).
  • Co-author, Developments in Personal Property Finance: GAP Waivers -- Is A Trend Toward Clarity Beginning?, The Business Lawyer, Vol. No. 64 Issue No. 2 (February 2009).
  • Speaker on UCC Article 9 Joint Review Committee activities, 2008 Consumer Credit Conference presented by the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.
  • Speaker on Consumer Credit Issues under the Uniform Commercial Code, 2008 Housing and Auto Finance Workshop sponsored by CounselorLibrary.com and Hudson Cook, LLP.
  • Speaker on Consumer Issues under Revised Article 9, various seminars sponsored by the Conference on Consumer Finance Law and at the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Uniform Commercial Code Institute in Washington, DC.
  • Speaker on Developments in Electronic Chattel Paper, 2004 E Records and E Signatures, Glasser LegalWorks Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Author, The New Consumer Provisions in Revised UCC Article 9, Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 54, No. 3, 185-191 (Summer 2000).