Administrative Law, Appellate Litigation, Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Litigation, Civil Litigation, Contract Valuation and Drafting, Corporate Formation, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Intentional Tort Litigation, Medical and Professional Malpractice Litigation, Military Law, Municipal and Governmental Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Real Estate Contracts and Litigation, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation
Tom founded Westlake Legal Group in 1992; and, since then, he and the firm have regularly assisted more than 16,000 clients, located throughout Virginia and other states, in resolving their legal issues. His assistance has run the gamut from preparing deeds and simple wills to representing Virginia businesses against Fortune 100 companies.
A practiced litigator, Tom brings his experience from numerous jury trials when developing strategies for conflict resolution and negotiation. He litigates both civil and criminal matters before both juries and judges in more than 100 jurisdictions, and he represents clients in both civil and criminal matters before appellate courts in Virginia and elsewhere. Tom represents individuals against towns, counties, constitutional officers, and municipal entities in state and federal court. He also represents clients in front of various regulatory bodies and advocates for individuals in employment disputes and grievance processes.
The breadth and diversity of his practice is an asset in resolving matters for his clients. While every case is unique and his past success is not a guarantee of future success, Tom’s past success demonstrates extensive research and analytical capabilities and a strong familiarity with the law, procedure, and the art of persuasion. He has obtained more than six jury verdicts in excess of $1 million, with five being in excess of $2 million, and one being in excess of $15 million. He has been granted certiorari and argued appellate cases and/or the highest level of administrative appeals in a diverse number of subject matters to include divorce, equitable distribution, sexual assault, wrongful death, legal malpractice, real estate contracts, bankruptcy, excessive force/assault by police, business compensation contracts, competency, guardianship, trust interpretation, habeas corpus, military wrongful discharge, involuntary manslaughter, DUI, and murder.
The diversity of Tom’s practice demonstrates his, and Westlake Legal Group’s, ability to assist clients with regard to almost any legal need. Outside of litigation, Tom aids clients in estate planning and represents individuals in probate matters and estate administration. Tom assists in contract interpretation and drafting and has conducted or supervised more than 5,000 residential real estate purchase or refinance settlements.
United States Supreme Court
United States Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
Virginia State Bar (appearances before the Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Court of Appeals, trial courts in 32 counties and 16 independent cities)
Pro hac vice admissions in trial courts in Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Pro hac vice admissions in appellate courts including Maryland Court of Appeals and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Florida District Court of Appeals
Administrative appearances/petitions before, and not limited to, the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Services, Department of Homeland Security, United States Army, Virginia State Corporation Commission, the Virginia State Bar, and the Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission
J.D., University of Virginia
Ford Foundation Fellow Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of International Law
M.A., Government with a letter of specialization in National Security Studies, Georgetown University
B.S. (with distinction), U. S. Naval Academy
1991 Bruno Bitker Prize, American Bar Association Committee on World Order Under Law
1997 Certificate of Recognition as Nominee for Virginia State Bar General Practice Section Tradition of Excellence Award
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