Thomas Hemnes

Phone: 617.906.5499
Fax: 617.663.6004

Thomas Hemnes is a prominent Boston intellectual property attorney and an internationally recognized expert on intellectual property law. Tom has been recognized as a Distinguished Specialist Practitioner by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of the United Kingdom and is featured in the IAM Licensing 250 – The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers, where he is described as “an incredibly smart, statesmanlike lawyer who provides top of-the-line solutions to clients,” and “a highly effective negotiator who understands the key issues to focus on and always gets the deal done.”  He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell 2015.  His diverse practice serves the telecommunications and banking industries, universities, cultural institutions, small-cap technology companies, individual inventors, architects, and authors. Tom has exceptional experience in the formation and organization of technology and industry consortia, cross-border sourcing and outsourcing arrangements, commercial transactions involving intellectual property, and the creation of comprehensive intellectual property strategies for clients large and small. Before joining GTC he was a partner at Foley Hoag, where he founded and chaired the firm’s highly-regarded intellectual property department until joining GTC. Tom is the author of How Law Works: Collected Articles and New Essays (Vernon Press: 2020). Tom taught intellectual property for many years as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and Boston College Law School. Tom holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Tom is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, England and Wales.


“Tom Hemnes and the team at GTC have been critical, strategic partners for Somos in the areas of corporate governance, complex contract negotiations and IP strategy and commercialization. Tom is a deeply trusted advisor who brings invaluable experience and practical wisdom to everything he does. We know when GTC is involved we will invariably get an excellent result.”

-Ann Berkowitz, Chair of the Board of Somos