Location: Chicago
Phone: 312-726-6373

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Thomas K. Cox

Practice Description

Leveraging his experience as a Managing Director and Principal of three private investment firms and as an executive with two venture and private equity-backed companies, Tom brings a unique perspective to his practice, which focuses on serving the needs of privately-held businesses, their executives, and their investors. In particular, he works closely with emerging and growth-oriented businesses in initial organizational, structural, and shareholder activities and board matters, equity incentive plan development and implementation, general corporate, commercial, and real estate activities, supplier relationships, and general regulatory compliance matters, particularly in the healthcare industry. He regularly supports the legal and business needs of both early stage and middle market firms in connection with equity and debt financings, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Representative clients range from start-ups licensing novel technologies from universities to multi-national, private equity-backed businesses. Tom has led or participated in over 30 venture and private equity investments as a principal investor over his career, and he continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of several private companies.

Prior Legal and Business Affiliations 

Woodvale Partners, Managing Director, Oak Brook, Illinois (2012 – 2015)

Cascade Partners, Managing Director, Oak Brook, Illinois (2012 – 2019)

Seneca Partners, Managing Director, Bannockburn, Illinois (2005 – 2012)

White Pines Ventures, President & CEO, Lake Forest, Illinois (2000 – 2005)

Peiser’s, Inc. (private equity owned), President & CEO, Broadview, Illinois (1998 – 2000)

CareMonitor, Inc. (venture capital funded), Vice President, Corporate Development, Northbrook, Illinois (1997 – 1998)

Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Deerfield, Illinois (1988 – 1997)
Vice President/General Manager, Renal Management Strategies (1996 – 1997)
Assistant General Counsel (1992 – 1995)
Vice President, Payer Relations (1991 – 1992)
Corporate Counsel (1988 – 1991)

Sidley Austin LLP, Associate, Chicago, Illinois (1984 – 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1984


  • Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts
    • J.D. – 1984
  • Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), Evanston, Illinois
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration – 1991
  • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
    • B.A. – 1979

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7, Series 63 and Series 79 certifications