Accessible - Experienced - Committed - Focused on Solutions

Experienced. Thorough. Involved.

Tom Darnton assesses each client’s needs using his years of knowledge to bring successful outcomes. Practicing law for more than 50 years, Tom Darnton believes the best representation comes from understanding your needs, guiding your process, and advocating on your behalf. A staunch believer in public service, it’s the way he chooses to better our communities and protect our land, lakes and property.


  • On behalf of [our condominium] Board and Association, thank you for all of your help preparing, reviewing and filing our updated documents.  Your professionalism and collaborative approach made the process go very smoothly for us.
  • The money is in the bank — thanks for all of your efforts on my behalf. It has made the journey easier.
  • Thank you for all of your help and your prompt response to all of our questions and concerns. We look forward to meeting you in person and I will definitely contact you to say Hello or if a need arises, Thank you. PS. Yes we are now the New Owners of our New Lake House!
  • "Tom, from a personal perspective, I have certainly enjoyed working with you.  I have greatly appreciated your detailed answers and excellent communication.”
  • "We highly recommend Tom Darnton for your real estate attorney. Tom has all the attributes we were looking for in a real estate attorney; competence, experience, easily accessible and responsive, ability to explain things in laymen’s terms, thorough and pleasant to work with.  Our text messages were responded to usually within an hour or so, and questions answered quickly thereafter. One example, there was one unfamiliar aspect to our transaction having to do with a deed restriction. Tom looked into it in great detail, got back to us in a very timely fashion, explained the situation and made us very comfortable with moving forward with the deal. We were very happy with the entire process."
  • Michelle D
    Thank you for all your help in the sale of my Dad’s property.  You answered questions quickly. Communication was great!  And the closing was so simple to do from afar. Thank you again.
    Michelle D
  • I don’t know real estate law but Tom does – he has so much experience, I felt secure in trusting him to resolve my needs.
  • I wasn’t sure where to start when I had problems with neighbors using our lakefront property, but Tom led the way in helping me resolve the issue. He was direct and efficient. I would recommend him to anyone.
  • John
    Tom and I work together on the Lake Charlevoix Association board.  I have found him to be well informed on the type of issues that come up in our discussions, which often requires the balancing of environmental awareness with the realities of fostering economic growth.  Tom is a good listener and does his homework before forming an opinion or suggesting a particular course of action. He has been a pleasure to work with.