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Thomas H. Gelman

Phelan Tucker Law Iowa Team Tom Gelman

Thomas H. Gelman


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Lauren Lynn, Legal Assistant

Tom was born and raised in Iowa City. He received his BA degree from Harvard University in 1975 and then returned home to attend the University of Iowa College of Law. After completing law school in 1978, Tom joined the law firm where he has been a partner since 1983. Tom represents individuals, businesses and tax-exempt organizations on a variety of legal matters principally in areas of business and transactional law, including contracts, real estate, business and non-profit entities, estate and gift planning, administration of trusts and estates, healthcare, and charitable foundations.

In addition to his legal practice, Tom has over the years been active in community service including such organizations as the Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees, Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, Iowa City Community Leadership Program, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, University of Iowa Alumni Association, Iowa City Area Development Group, Bur Oak Land Trust and others.

Date and Place of Admission to State Bar and Federal Courts

  • 1978, Iowa

Education (Undergrad, law school, etc)

  • B.A., Harvard University, 1975 (cum laude)
  • J.D., University of Iowa, 1978

Memberships in Bar and Professional Associations

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Memberships in Community Associations

  • Visiting Nurse Association of Johnson County
    • Board Member, President (Former)
  • Friends of the Iowa City Public Library
    • Board Member, President (Former)
  • Iowa City Public Library Foundation
    • Board Member (Former)
  • Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees
    • Trustee, President (Former)
  • Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation
    • Board Member, President (Former)
    • Planned Giving Committee (Former)
  • Mercy Hospital Advisory Board
    • Board Member, President (Former)
  • Iowa City Community Leadership Program
    • Session Leader (Former)
    • Council Member (Former)
    • Chairperson (Former)
    • Presenter (Former)
  • Iowa Arts Festival Board of Directors
    • Board Member (Former)
  • Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Environmental Affairs Committee Chair (Former)
    • Board Member (Former)
    • Treasurer (Former)
    • Executive Committee Member (Former)
    • Chairman of the Board (Former)
    • Community Foundation Task Force Member (Former)
    • Various Other Committees and Task Forces (Former)
  • University of Iowa Alumni Association
    • Board Member (Former)
    • Chairperson (Former)
    • Executive Committee Member (Former)
    • Strategic Planning Committee (Former)
    • Finance Committee (Former)
  • Downtown Association
    • Board Member (Former)
  • Bur Oak Land Trust (f/k/a Johnson County Heritage Trust)
    • Board Member (Former)
  • Iowa City Area Development Group
    • Board Member (Former)
  • University of Iowa Museum of Art Friends Development Council
    • Board Member (Former)