Thomas H. Trapnell

Senior Attorney

Thomas H. Trapnell is a Senior Attorney at McAlpine, PC, specializing in both demolition and construction law. Mr. Trapnell has played a pivotal role in a number of construction litigations, consistently providing exceptional representation to his clients. In addition to his construction litigation experience, Mr. Trapnell has represented clients in the automotive, real estate, and financial sectors.

Since 2015, Super Lawyers Magazine has featured Mr. Trapnell on its “Rising Stars” list every year. Mr. Trapnell is also a member of the Industry Committee of the National Demolition Association. As a member of the Industry Committee, Mr. Trapnell helps gather data and develop guidelines to drive industry growth.

Mr. Trapnell is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and New York. Mr. Trapnell’s recent work includes representation of a demolition contractor in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit regarding the Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project, as well as successful resolution of a years-long lawsuit arising from repairs to the Oakland-Macomb sewer interceptor. Prior to joining McAlpine, PC., Mr. Trapnell was a Senior Attorney in the Detroit office of a major national law firm.

Mr. Trapnell received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009, graduating with honors. While attending the University of Michigan, Mr. Trapnell was a contributing editor to the law journal, Michigan Journal of International Law. Prior to receiving his J.D., Mr. Trapnell graduated with honors from Princeton University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a focus on Russian Studies.


Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2010
  • Michigan, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2012


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude - 2009
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Journal: Michigan Journal of International Law, Contributing Editor
  • Princeton University
    • A.B. cum laude - 2005
    • Honors: With Honors

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McAlpine Attorneys & Counselors

Mark McAlpine

Founding Principal and Managing Partner

Thomas H. Trapnell

Senior Attorney

Ashley L. McAlpine

Associate Attorney

Mark W. Oszust

Associate Attorney

Arthur Dore

Associate Attorney

J. Ted Peters

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