Thomas R. Chaffe


Upon his graduation from Virginia Tech, Tom was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy.  Deployed abroad, 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 at night and then subsequently graduated from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington. He was admitted to the Bar in 2007.


He began his career with the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Richmond, serving as lead counsel in hundreds of cases to verdict. He left that position to begin the private practice of law.  Professionally, he was elected to the Board of Officers of the Richmond Criminal Bar Association each year from 2009 to 2014 and as President from 2012 to 2013; from 2013 to 2016, Tom served as one of the two gubernatorial appointees to the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.  With an annual budget of $45 million, the VIDC 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.


Tom lives in Bon Air with his wife, Monica, and their family. He is admitted to practice law before all state courts of Virginia.  Appointments are set by personal referral only.