Thomas G. Wallrich



(612) 260-9002

(612) 260-9082

Thomas concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial transactions, banking, bankruptcy, real estate finance, and development and commercial litigation. In the past 20 years, Tom has also developed a substantial practice in international trade in the regions of China, Mexico, and Canada.

Tom's bankruptcy practice includes representing debtors, creditors, and committees in complex reorganization proceedings and workouts, as well as debt and equity restructurings. His banking practice is focused primarily on representation of community banks and regional banks in transaction documentation, participation agreements, regulatory matters, and debt restructuring transactions and litigation. Tom is also experienced in commercial transactions, including purchases and sales of businesses and significant import-export experience particularly in the Pacific Rim and Canada. His commercial dispute resolution experience includes significant litigation, non-litigation, and administrative representations before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

Tom's real estate practice involves representation of commercial landlords in lease creation, lease disputes, property recovery, and bankruptcy matters. He also represents many commercial and residential developers in land use issues, governmental approval matters, subdivision of land, tax increment financing, sales, financing, and debt treatment and restructuring matters.

Tom has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters for 15 consecutive years. He has also been named one of the Top 25 Super Lawyers for business restructuring and workouts. Tom is active in the Twins Cities community; he is a clinical instructor at the University of St. Thomas Law School, he serves his alma mater on the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts Internship Board, and is also active in fundraising at Benilde/St. Margaret's Academy.



More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Super Lawyers Names Four Minnesota Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2020 List

July 23, 2020

Super Lawyers has named four Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Three were recognized as Super Lawyers and one was named “Rising Star.”

Three Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers

July 08, 2019

Silton, Syring, and Wallrich have previously been named Super Lawyers, this is their 15th, 10th and 17th year appearing on the list, respectively.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Presence in Minneapolis with Hiring of Christopher Bellini

January 14, 2014

Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Mr. Bellini was a partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s Corporate Group, where he was chair of the Private Equity Practice Group and a member of the Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions and Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice groups.


USTR Annual Report to Congress on China’s Compliance with WTO: Request for Public Comments [Alert]

August 23, 2021

T. Wallrich, H. Marx, and K. Zentner discuss the USTR’s Trade Policy Staff Committee soliciting public commentary regarding China’s compliance with its obligations to the WTO.

“Made in USA” Labeling Could be Costly for Businesses [Alert]

March 18, 2021

Joel Nesset and Tom Wallrich discuss the consent order issued by the FTC in Chemence, Inc.

USTR Announces New Exclusion Process for Section 301 Tariffs on U.S. Imports from China

July 16, 2019

Kristi Zentner, Tom Wallrich, and Joel Nesset discuss the process for applicants to request that specific Chinese goods be exempted from the recently imposed additional 25 percent tariff.

Section 301 Tariff on List 3 Increases; Exclusion Process Proposed [Alert]

May 28, 2019

Tom Wallrich and Kristi Zentner discuss the USTR’s May 9 announcement that results in a 25 percent increased duty rate on all relevant goods that are exported from China on or after May 10, 2019, or that enter the United States after June 1, 2019.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1990
  • University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, B.A., 1987

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2021-2022

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court -- Minnesota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court