A native of the Richmond area, upon his graduation from Virginia Tech, Tom was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. While serving on active duty, he was twice deployed in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. His military decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various other personal and unit commendations, medals, and awards.
While completing his active duty service, he enrolled in law school and was graduated from George Mason University, which is nationally recognized as one of the top-ranked law schools in the country.
Following graduation, Tom returned to Richmond and began his career at the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Richmond where he served as lead counsel in hundreds of cases to verdict and handled matters ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to the most serious of violent felonies. He left the Public Defender’s Office to begin the private practice of law.
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, the Chesterfield Bar Association, and the Richmond Criminal Bar Association, the latter for which he served on the Board of Officers from 2009 to 2014 and as President from 2012 to 2013. He is admitted to practice law before all state courts of Virginia.
In 2013, Governor McDonnell appointed Tom to the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission to serve a three-year term. With an annual budget of $45 million, the Commission is the government agency responsible for direct oversight of the state’s 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, J.D.
Virginia Tech, B.A.