For more than 25 years, Tom, who serves as head of Spotts Fain's Business and Corporate Practice, has represented clients in corporate and LLC governance matters. He serves as outside general counsel to many of the firm's clients in addition to representing them in commercial and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions of closely held businesses. Tom frequently counsels businesses in entity formation and exit strategy planning.


  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1986) Chancellor, McNeill Law Society Law Review: University of Richmond Law Review, Member
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (B.S., Accounting and Commerce, 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia

Representative Experience

  • Represented sellers in sale of stock of closely held medical services company to venture fund
  • Represented shareholders in sale of two related closely held companies servicing the coal industry to a venture fund
  • Represented closely held contractor servicing various state and federal agencies in sale of its assets to a private venture fund
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of "Big Three" car dealership
  • Represented large mechanical contracting company in sale of assets to Fortune 100 corporation
  • Represented closely held graphics company in sale of assets to a venture fund
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of assets from a closely held boat dealership
  • Represented U.S. entity in sale of a European subsidiary to a NYSE venture fund
  • Routinely represents owners of closely held businesses in contentious "business divorces"

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Business Law Section Council, Chair, 2015 to present
    • Real Estate Council, Member
  • Richmond Bar Association, Chair,  Real Estate Section, 1994 - 1995
  • Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity 
    • Past President
    • Board of Directors

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2018-2019 for Corporate Law

Past Employment Positions

  • Menin Development Companies, Inc., General Counsel
  • Hunton & Williams, Associate 


  • Phi Delta Phi

Birth Information

  • 1959, Richmond, Virginia