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Educate | Collaborate | Solve


With 20+ years of experience practicing law, we believe that collaboration leads to better solutions.

Practice Areas

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Business Law

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Real Estate

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Educational Law

Thomas Durphy

Owning a business is a huge responsibility that comes with many questions that you may not have the answers to. When you face legal questions related to running a business of any kind, you need a partner who will work hard to understand your challenges and collaborate with you to find the best path forward.



of experience
practicing law

Working with
Thomas Durphy

When you engage Tom Durphy at Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP, the approach is distinct and entails three principles based on Tom’s experience in business and real estate law over the past two decades:

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Educating you about your available options

Creating a 2-way dialogue for clearer understanding

Finding a solution together

We understand that every client’s situation is unique, so we tailor our services to suit your needs.

Schedule a complimentary, 10-minute consultation call today.

Focusing on business and real estate law for small- to mid-sized companies across the Midwest, we best serve clients who are looking for a partner to walk beside them throughout the process. Request your complimentary, 10-minute consultation call today!

Schedule a complimentary, 10-minute consultation call today.

What our Clients Say

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Lillian & Scott:
“Working with Tom means that we can focus on making money in real estate and know that he’s going to protect our interests. He’s part of our team.”

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Lisa & Rich McDermott:
“Tom makes very complex situations very digestible and easy to understand, and he manages to do it in a warm, personable way. His collaborative approach gave me such peace of mind.”

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Tim Soderland:
“When Tom negotiates, it’s less about who is right or wrong, and more about working things out to the benefit of both parties.”

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