THOMAS R. CHAFFE, ESQ.
Tom is a general practice attorney and experienced litigator who represents and provides counsel to individuals and small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. Before entering private practice, 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.
Prior to his career in law, he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. Twice deployed abroad, his military decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, and various other personal and unit medals, commendations, and awards. While completing his active duty service obligations ashore, he enrolled in law school and attended courses at night.
Admitted to practice law before all state courts of Virginia, he is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a former member of both the Chesterfield County 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 its President from 2012 to 2013. Appointed by Governor McDonnell to a three-year term, from 2013 to 2016, he served as one of two gubernatorial appointees to the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) – with an annual budget approximating $45 million, the VIDC is the government agency responsible for direct oversight of the state’s public defender system and for the training and appointment of all 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. Local to the community, he is a member of American Legion Post 354, the YMCA of Greater Richmond, and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University – Bachelor of Arts (2000)
George Mason University School of Law – Juris Doctor (2007)
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