Team Members

Thomas A. Basil, Jr.

Managing Attorney

Thomas A. Basil, Jr.

Tom received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1991, where he was a member of the Law Review. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and Wisconsin in 1991. Tom joined Shinners & Cook in 1991, and focuses on business transactions, business formations, real estate, and employment law.

Tom says, “Growing up with three brothers meant every aspect of life was a form of competition – eating breakfast is competitive. This formed the foundation of my personality and love of advocacy on behalf of clients.” “We work with people during some of the most stressful times in their lives,” he continues. “We are asked to work with people and problems that others are incapable or unwilling to handle themselves. We get paid to do it, we enjoy what we do, and we serve our clients really well. How cool is that?”

In addition to his work at Shinners & Cook and his extensive volunteer activities, Tom enjoys hunting, golfing, and reading. He is also a licensed real estate broker.


Favorite Quotes

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

“It’s not the will to win that matters- everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters” – Paul “Bear” Bryant

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Professional membership

  • Saginaw County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce


Community involvement

  • Kochville Township DDA, Board Member
  • Leadership Saginaw, Graduate
  • 100 Club of Saginaw, Board Member
  • Hartley Foundation, Board Member