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Thomas G. Kyros Partner

Tom Kyros Estate Planning and Trust Administration Attorney
Grand Rapids
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Janette Allen, 616/336-6837

Estate Planning and Trust Administration Experience

Tom’s practice includes design and implementation of sophisticated estate plans, active administration of trust accounts, settlement of decedent’s estates, estate taxation, and charitable gift planning. He advises many of Varnum's family business owners and is a member of our Family Business Team. Tom currently serves as the Firm's Executive Partner, one of our two Managing Partners. Previously, he served five years as the chair of the firm's Estate Planning, Tax, and Employee Benefits practice group followed by three years on Varnum’s Policy Committee. Tom also works with several West Michigan non-profit organizations as a trustee and advisor.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the West Michigan Planned Giving Group
  • Member of the West Michigan Estate Planning Council
  • Member of  the State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • State Bar's Character & Fitness Committee for the West Michigan District, 2011 - 2013

Tom is an active speaker on sophisticated estate planning topics. He has presented on numerous occasions for Michigan's Institute of Continuing Legal Education including "Marital Deduction Formulas: Drafting and Implementation," "Generation Skipping Transfer Tax: Essentials and Exotica," and "Planning Challenges for the Young Family." He also co-authored a chapter on the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax for the ICLE book "Taxation of Estates and Trusts."


  • Best Lawyers in America® since 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2011
  • Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Chicago, Illinois
    J.D., 1992
  • Hope College
    Holland, Michigan
    B.A., 1989

Community Involvement

  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation Board of Trustees, 2016 – present
  • Hope College Alumni Association Board of Trustees, 2010 – 2016; president, 2013 – 2015
  • DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, 2007 – present; vice-chair, 2013 – present
  • East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, 2011 – present
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation Professional Advisor Committee, 2011 – present
  • West Michigan Planned Giving Group Board of Trustees, 2003 – 2010; president 2009
  • Spectrum Health Foundation Board of Trustees, 2001 – 2007
  • Leave a Legacy, West Michigan Chapter Steering Committee, 1999 – 2002
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way Professional Advisor Committee, 1999 – 2003; Chair, 2003
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