Thomas J. Buiteweg is the general counsel of Ally Insurance Holdings, Inc., where he supports the company's insurance operations, which focus on automotive-related insurance and non-insurance products. He is also chief counsel of the Ally Financial Corporate Services Group, which includes human resources, intellectual property, procurement, marketing, privacy, and electronic commerce attorneys. In addition, Buiteweg provides legal support to Ally's North American Automotive operations in the areas of federal consumer credit and leasing law, vehicle titling and security interests/liens, collection practices, repossession and other enforcement activities, and electronic commerce. He also oversees the Ally Financial Global Licensing Function, and is formerly a partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP.
Buiteweg has served as a Uniform Law Commissioner ("ULC") for the State of Michigan since 2004. He is currently a member of the ULC's Executive Committee. He is also currently a member of the ULC's Uniform Manufactured Housing Act and Uniform Residential Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Process and Protections Drafting committees. Buiteweg has previously served as a member of the ULC/American Law Institute Joint Review Committee that drafted the 2010 amendments to Uniform Commercial Code Article 9, the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act, and the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Certificate of Title Act. Before becoming a Commissioner, he served as a member of the Consumer Issues Task Force of the UCC Drafting Committee that drafted the 2001 revisions to Article 9.
Buiteweg is a current vice chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Consumer Financial Services Committee. He is a former vice chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Uniform Commercial Code Committee. He is also a member of the Governing Committee for the Conference on Consumer Finance Law, and a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. He has been a frequent speaker at conferences on consumer-secured transactions and electronic installment sale and lease transactions, and a guest lecturer at a number of law schools.
Buiteweg is a 1993 graduate, magna cum laude, of Michigan Law School and a 1987 graduate, summa cum laude, of the University of Notre Dame, where he received a bachelor's of business administration. He is also a certified public accountant (license inactive).