Tom is a Capitol Hill veteran. Before joining Dentons, he served on the staff of three United States senators. Most recently, he was chief counsel and legislative director to Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). In that capacity, he provided general strategic and substantive advice and managed an active and aggressive policy agenda for Senator Warner, who serves on the Banking and Commerce committees. Earlier in his career, Tom served as legislative director for Senator Russ Feingold , playing a key role in legislative battles over campaign finance reform and other major issues before the Senate. His Capitol Hill career began in 1990, when he joined the staff of Senator Dale Bumpers (D-AR), covering appropriations, judiciary and telecommunications issues and serving as a general policy and legal advisor and speechwriter. Tom has held senior staff positions for senators serving on most of the major committee, including Commerce, Banking, Energy, Appropriations, Judiciary and Foreign Relations.
For nearly a decade he was a partner at McGuireWoods LLP in Washington, DC, and served as senior vice president of McGuireWoods Consulting, a lobbying firm. In the course of his career, he has assisted clients, ranging from large corporations to universities and foreign governments, with an array of legislative, political and regulatory matters. Tom has enjoyed particular success in building coalitions and coordinating policy efforts with ongoing litigation and communications strategies, often leading critical communications efforts. He began his legal practice in New York, where he represented large corporate clients in a variety of litigation matters.
Tom has been active in Democratic politics for many years and has served on a number of campaigns, from local races to presidential contests. He began his career in Washington, DC, as a campaign staffer and political consultant, working on many Democratic congressional and statewide campaigns and the 1984 presidential campaign of Gary Hart. He was an early supporter of US President Obama, and in 2008 served as an informal advisor and organizer for the Obama campaign, mobilizing DC-based professionals and deploying them to key primary and general election states.
Tom is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University Law School, where he teaches a course on lobbying and the legal and ethical compliance issues faced by lawyers who engage in lobbying.