Roger L. Chaffe (retired)

Roger began his career in private practice in Toledo, Ohio before serving as corporate counsel for Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Reynolds Metals Company, and General Electric Company.

For the next 30 years, Roger served the Commonwealth in the Office of the Attorney General, in which capacity he represented various state agencies and Directors. Prior to his retirement, he served, with distinction, as a member of the Administrative Law Advisory Committee, which was established by the General Assembly to assist the Virginia Code Commission with its oversight authority. From 2010 to 2014, Roger was a gubernatorial appointee to the Air Pollution Control Board; he served as Chairman from 2011 to 2014.

Education:                                                                                      Contact: 

  • University of Virginia, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A.

Thomas R. Chaffe

Upon his graduation from Virginia Tech, Tom was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. Deployed in support of both Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, his military decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, and other various personal and unit medals, commendations, and awards.

While completing his active duty service, Tom enrolled in law school and subsequently graduated from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington. He began his career at the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Richmond, whereat he served as lead counsel in hundreds of cases to verdict. He left that position 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. Previously, he was a member of the Chesterfield Bar Association and the Greater 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.

Appointed by the Governor to serve a three year term, from 2013 to 2016, Tom was a Member of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. With an annual budget of $45 million, the Commission is the government body 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 wife, Monica, and their sons, William and Peyton. He is admitted to practice law before all state courts of Virginia.

Education:                                                                                      Contact: 

  • George Mason University, J.D.
  • VPI & State University (Virginia Tech), B.A.