Thomas H. Thorelli

Tom Thorelli is a French-speaking US lawyer with forty years of experience working with small- to medium-sized European companies in minimizing legal risk when doing business in the United States. The firm combines a broad range of expertise (with four lawyers located in the Chicago, Illinois headquarters) in the fields of intellectual property law, product liability preventive management, acquisitions, corporate law, contract negotiation, and immigration; all with small-firm attention to detail and customer service to create tailored legal solutions for its clients.

The firm’s clients range from high-tech startups to companies with software applications, telecommunications, medical devices, automotive and aeronautic industries, consumer products, security technology, consulting services, etc. Over the years, Thorelli & Associates has assisted over one thousand foreign companies in properly structuring their entry into the US. Tom has served for over 15 years on the Board of Directors of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, and has a close working relationship with many Chambers of Commerce located throughout France. He is the US lawyer recommended by the Fédération des Industries Mécaniques. Among other publications, Thorelli & Associates wrote the summary of legal aspects of doing business in the US in one of France’s major international trade publications, le MOCI. Tom is also featured in the 2014 Annuaire of the French Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur. He is often invited to speak about an array of legal issues, including immigration, product liability preventive management, contract negotiations, etc.  Tom is happy to meet with companies on a cost-free, one-on-one introductory basis to answer questions, provide preliminary advice, identify issues that need to be addressed, and to help determine whether collaboration would be a good fit.