Tom Frantz is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Williams Mullen. Drawing on his tax background, he also maintains a corporate legal practice as a Partner representing multi-national corporations, handling major mergers and acquisitions and advising corporations on a variety of legal matters.

Tom Frantz is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Williams Mullen. Drawing on his tax background, he also maintains a corporate legal practice as a Partner representing multi-national corporations, handling major mergers and acquisitions and advising corporations on a variety of legal matters.

Before joining the firm, Tom was an original principal with Clark & Stant, which merged with Williams Mullen in 1999. He became General Counsel to Tidewater Health Care, Inc., the parent company of Virginia Beach General Hospital, in 1989. He currently serves as Outside Corporate Counsel to Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc., a NYSE REIT. He is admitted before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and all Virginia courts.

Tom is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel, the Virginia Bar Association’s Taxation Section, the American Association of Attorney CPAs, the Virginia Society of CPAs, and the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys. He is also a member of the Corporate, Banking and Business Law, Taxation and Health Care Sections of the American Bar Association. He is a past president of the Hampton Roads Tax Forum and is a director of the William & Mary Annual Tax Conference.

Tom has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for each year of publication since 1983 and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2011Norfolk Area Corporate Lawyer of the Year and 2012 Norfolk Area Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year. He has also been named to Virginia Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite.” Tom has been recognized as a leading Corporate/M&A attorney in the U.S. by Chambers USA and named a “Super Lawyer” for Business/Corporate by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine. Virginia Super Lawyers magazine listed him as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Virginia" every year from 2006 to 2011, and in 2008, he was listed as one of the “Top 10 Attorneys in Virginia.” In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has rated Tom an AV attorney, its highest rating available.

Long active in numerous civic and educational organizations, Tom is a former Chairman of the Board of Cape Henry Collegiate School, the Virginia Beach Foundation, the Hampton Roads Partnership and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Foundation. He is the former President of Virginia Beach Vision. Tom is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Neptune Festival, having served as King Neptune in 1996. He was appointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell to serve on the College of William & Mary Board of Visitors, where he is also Secretary of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee. Additionally, Tom is on the Board of the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary and the Advisory Board of the William & Mary Business Law Review. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. He currently chairs the Mayor of the City of Virginia Beach’s Bio-medical and Healthcare Taskforce.  He was appointed by Governor Mark R. Warner to the Hampton Roads Sports Facility Authority in 2003 and was honored by the Virginia Beach Jaycees as the 2004 First Citizen of Virginia Beach. In 2010 he received the VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads’ Lenora Mathews Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding leadership in community service.

Tom graduated from the College of William & Mary with an accounting degree in 1970 and from the Marshall Wythe School of Law in 1973. He obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant in 1973 and received his Masters in Law and Taxation from William & Mary in 1981. He is a former Captain in the U.S. Army.

  • Representation of Tidewater Health Care, Inc. in a merger with Sentara Health System. Merger included hospitals, an integrated delivery system, health maintenance organizations and ancillary providers. Resulting entity had revenues of approximately $1 billion.
  • Serve as outside counsel to Sentara Healthcare and its affiliates. Representation has included assistance with acquisitions of and affiliations with health care facilities; hospital-physician joint ventures; tax and executive compensation; physician contracting activities; reimbursement matters, including Medicare and Medicaid audits and investigations; peer review proceedings; development of corporate compliance programs; government contracting and risk management. Also advise this client, a noted leader in the implementation of the eICU, on a variety of intellectual property and patent matters including software licensing and acquisition, trademark and patent prosecution, health care informatics, privacy and data management projects, advertising, IP risk analysis and infringement litigation.
  • Represented Sentara Healthcare in the negotiation and structuring of the acquisition of Obici Memorial Hospital, a not-for-profit community hospital located in Suffolk, Virginia.
  • Represented Sentara Healthcare in the negotiation and structuring of a complicated joint venture with the largest medical oncology physician practice in Hampton Roads, Virginia and U.S. Oncology, a publicly traded oncology service company. The joint venture involved the establishment of free standing radiation oncology treatment centers throughout the region.