Plof347Thomas K. Plofchan, Jr.  is the principal of Westlake Legal Group, a full service law firm located in Sterling, Virginia.  Mr. Plofchan’s practice has been located in Virginia since 1993.  He is admitted to the Virginia State Bar, and is authorized to practice before all courts and administrative agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States Eastern and Western District Courts of Virginia, the Federal Fourth Circuit Court, the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Bar Association.

Previously, Mr. Plofchan has worked as a Special Programs Assistant in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State in both the Bush and Clinton Administrations, where he was instrumental in developing courses on civil/military relations and in teaching the concepts of humanitarian principles to military organizations in the U.S. and foreign countries.  He has also held positions at the Center for National Security Law, SAIC, and had his own consulting practice. He is a former Ford Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Law and is widely published.  In 1991, he was awarded the Bruno Bitker Prize for the best international law article of the year by the American Bar Association’s Committee on World Order Under Law.

Mr. Plofchan graduated with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy, receiving his B.S. in 1985.  In 1986 he was awarded an M.A. in Government with a specialization in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.  In 1992, he received his law degree from the University of Virginia.  He is currently awaiting conferral of a L.L.M. (Masters of Law) from the University of Virginia.  He is also a doctoral candidate in International Law at the Woodrow Wilson School of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Mr. Plofchan has been married for more than 22 years and has three children. His family is actively involved in their Church, the Knights of Columbus, and seasonal sports activities offered within the Northern Virginia area.  He also has served as a voluntary offshore sailing coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.