Tom Burton is a lawyer for businesses with a primary focus on corporate and transactional work. He brings to clients a proven ability to provide proactive advice and leadership along with a practical business approach. This blend of talent and experience stems from 25 years of law firm and in-house experience. Mr. Burton’s goal is to fully understand every client’s specific needs and to act as a trusted and effective advisor, collaborative business partner and advocate for clients.
Before joining Brown Fox, Mr. Burton served for 8 years as Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of Service King Collision, a private equity owned (Blackstone & Carlyle) company with 335 locations and 6,000 employees in 24 states, and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. In this role, Mr. Burton was responsible for all legal affairs of the company and was one of six leaders on the company’s executive leadership team, which evaluated and made all strategic decisions of the company.
Prior to Mr. Burton’s leadership at Service King, he was a partner at Strasburger & Price (now Clark Hill), where he practiced as a general business and transactional attorney for 17 years. Mr. Burton is also a licensed CPA and worked as an auditor at a Big 6 firm before going to law school.
Mr. Burton’s substantial experience in both private practice and as in-house counsel provides him unique and valuable insight into what drives our clients and the challenges they face.
Tom has been a true partner to me for several years, which is critical in my role though not always easy to find. His practical approach and calm demeanor provided the company with the leadership and guidance we needed to work through many challenging legal scenarios.- CHRO, Professional Services and Automotive
I have worked with Tom for over 20 years. He is an excellent corporate lawyer with a broad range of experience gained from his many years of practice as a partner in a top law firm and as general counsel of a $1 billion private equity-owned company. Tom is practical and efficient, detail oriented but never overlawyers. He is a great legal and business advisor and, more importantly, a good person.- In-House Counsel at Private Equity Portfolio Company
Although I strive for perfection in golf, I mainly experience mediocrity with occasional flashes of brilliance. The best thing about golf is the quality time I get to spend with my dad and kids. It truly is a lifetime sport to be enjoyed in many beautiful places.
My wife’s family has had a house in Estes Park, Colorado for more than 40 years. It is such a beautiful place. Our entire family enjoys hiking and exploring Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area.
After playing various other youth sports, both of our sons decided that lacrosse was their favorite sport. Although I had no prior exposure to lacrosse, I enjoyed learning about the sport with them and coached my younger son’s teams for several years. It was a great bonding experience for all of us. Both boys played through high school and on the club team at UT as well.
More About Tom Burton
Tom grew up in Arkansas and moved to Dallas to attend college at SMU. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Shannon. They raised their three children in the Rockwall-Heath area and all three graduated from or are currently attending UT-Austin. Tom enjoys golfing and spending time in Estes Park, Colorado and Austin. He’s an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns, SMU Mustangs, and all of the Dallas pro sports teams. Tom and his wife are members of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas.