Thomas J. Buiteweg

Practice Areas

  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Automotive, Sales, Finance and Insurance
  • Advertising
  • E-Commerce
  • Sales and Secured Financing

Hudson Cook, LLP, 2013 to Present.
Tom has rejoined Hudson Cook as a partner in its Ann Arbor, Michigan Office. His practice focuses on helping financial institutions, sales finance companies, motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers to establish and maintain automobile financing and leasing programs.

Ally Insurance Operations, 2011 to 2012.
Tom was the General Counsel of Ally’s Insurance Operations. Ally’s insurance operations, focus on automotive-related insurance and non-insurance products. He was also the Chief Counsel of the Corporate Services Practice Group of the Ally Financial Legal Staff. The Corporate Services Group included the Staff’s Human Resource, Intellectual Property, Procurement, Marketing, Privacy, and Electronic Commerce Attorneys. Tom also provided legal support to Ally’s North American Automotive Operations.

Hudson Cook, LLP, July 2008 to 2011.
Tom was a partner in Hudson Cook’s Ann Arbor, Michigan Office. His practice focused on helping financial institutions, sales finance companies, motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers to establish and maintain automobile financing and leasing programs.

GMAC Financial Services Legal Staff, 1993 - 2008.
Tom provided legal support for vehicle financing and leasing operations. From 2005 to 2008, he managed the staff’s consumer automotive finance group and served as General Counsel of GMAC’s wholly-owned subsidiary that serviced vehicle sales finance and lease accounts in the United States.

Coopers & Lybrand, 1988 to 1990.
Tom worked on financial statement audits and accounting due diligence activities. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Michigan in 1990 (His license is currently inactive).

Governmental Accounting Standards Board, 1987 to 1988.
Tom performed pension accounting research as a post-graduate intern.

Tom is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of University of Michigan Law School. Tom received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 1987. He graduated sum cum laude.

Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Uniform Law Commissioner, Uniform Law Commission, 2004 to Present
  • Member, American Law Institute, 2009 to Present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School, 2009 to Present
  • Vice-chair, Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, 2009 to Present
  • Member, Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law, 2005 to Present
  • Member, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, 1995 to Present

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