Tom has worked both as a public defender and in private practice. He has appeared in Oregon courts from the Oregon Supreme Court down to the local Justice courts. He has had a litigation based practice for more than three decades.
Tom has two main interests in the law--aggressive defense of adults and children charged with crimes and zealous representation of children and adults in the juvenile dependency system. Tom is often asked to speak about his experiences and provide trainings to attorneys and to groups such as CASA, caseworkers, mental health providers, foster parents and others.
Tom is an avid reader, proud father and grandfather and a long suffering fan of the Detroit Lions, the latter fact proving he has an affection for underdogs and under achievers.