Regarding COVID-19:

Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh remains open for business during this Stay at Home period as our work has been deemed essential by Governor Walz. To ensure we can serve our clients and that our staff is safe and healthy we are doing our work remotely. We continue to work on current and new client matters. Minnesota Courts are determining which cases will be heard based on their priority level. If you have an active case and an upcoming hearing date, we will notify you regarding any additional impact the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 may have on your case. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this time.

Thomas E. McEllistrem

Thomas E. McEllistrem

Thomas E. McEllistrem

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Tom McEllistrem has a broad-based and dynamic practice, which involves all aspects of civil litigation, including lawsuits and appeals in both state and federal court.  Tom also serves as corporate counsel for many business entities, and has become one of Minnesota’s leading authorities on corporate advisory boards. Tom has considerable expertise in corporate law, personal injury (including sexual abuse litigation), probate, corporate and real estate litigation.  His practice area is divided equally between plaintiffs and defendants in litigation matters.

Areas of Practice include:

• Representing business entities in formation, transactions and litigation matters
• Representing plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury, business, probate and real estate litigation matters
• Representing both victims and entities in sexual abuse claims
• Briefing and arguing appeals in both state and federal courts
• Creating and chairing advisory boards for new and existing companies
• Application of multi-disciplinary paradigms to create transformational solutions for business entities

Personal Bio

Tom is involved with non-profit and NGOs serving critical needs in both The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nairobi, Kenya, and Cambodia.  He previously served on the fund distribution committee of the St. Paul Area United Way, and subsequently, as a member of the Agency Services Committee for the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  He has also served as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for the Minnesota Pro Bono Challenge for Kids.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • M.B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Finance
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1992

Professional Associations

  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Current Employment Position

  • Partner