Before joining Chaffe & Chaffe PC, Tom was a principal with Bradshaw & Chaffe PC. He began his career with the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Richmond, where he served as lead counsel in hundreds of cases to verdict.
Prior to attending law school, Tom served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and completed two combat tours in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. His military decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit commendations and awards.
In addition to being a fervent Virginia Tech alumnus, Tom is active in veterans’ organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 354. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Richmond Criminal Bar Association, the latter for which he serves on the Board of Officers as Immediate Past President.
In 2013, Governor McDonnell appointed Tom to serve on the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. With an annual budget of $44 million, the Commission is the government agency responsible for direct oversight of the state public defender system and for the appointment of qualified counsel to indigent persons accused of crimes that are punishable by incarceration or death.
With the exception of his years spent away in military service, Tom is a lifelong resident of Chesterfield County. He lives in Bon Air with his son, William, and their two dogs, Bozwell and Dixie. He is a horrendous golfer.
George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
Virginia Tech, B.A.