Thomas L Chittum III

Thomas L Chittum III

Lawyer, Leader, Speaker, C-Suite Executive, and Adjunct Law Professor
  • Gov & Administrative Law, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law
  • Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
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Thomas Chittum is a lawyer, a career federal agent, and a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). He has spent more than two decades enforcing federal law and currently serves as a high-ranking federal law enforcement official. He regularly speaks on matters related to criminal justice, law enforcement, and firearms law to cabinet-level and other high-ranking government executives, industry trade groups, law enforcement officials, and in the national media.

Tom’s law enforcement career began in his home state of West Virginia in 1997. He has also been assigned to offices in Miami, FL; Louisville, KY; Las Vegas, NV; Seattle, WA; Detroit, MI; and multiple assignments in Washington, DC. He worked extensively in undercover assignments from 2002 to 2008. From 2005 to 2012 he regularly testified as an expert witness in federal court on firearms matters.

Tom has a BA in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; an MS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky; and a JD from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

He is a licensed attorney in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. He lives with his wife and three children in Virginia.

Practice Areas
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
    White Collar Crime
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Investigations
  • Compliance
  • Firearms, Explosives, Arson
  • Alcohol & Tobacco
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Google Meet
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Kentucky
Kentucky Bar Association
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Virginia
Virginia State Bar
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West Virginia
West Virginia State Bar
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Adjunct Law Professor
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Current
Acting Deputy Director
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
- Current
Special Agent
IRS Criminal Investigations
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Education
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
J.D.
Activities: Law Review - Articles Editor
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Eastern Kentucky University
M.S.
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Marshall University
B.A.
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Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 86465
Member
Current
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West Virginia State Bar  # 12462
Member
Current
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Kentucky Bar Association  # 96675
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Can You Hear Me Now? Cell Phone Jamming and the Tenth Amendment
Nevada Law Journal
Speaking Engagements
Local Prosecution of Gun Crime, National District Attorneys Association, Washington, DC
NDAA
Fighting Gun Crime in Cities
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Casings, Crumbs, and Camera: The Future of Law Enforcement Technology, Washington, DC
GBEF
History of Firearms Legislation, Symposium, Las Vegas, NV
UNLV
Firearms Law, Washoe Bar, Reno, NV
Collaboration Across Jurisdictions, Edge 22, Las Vegas, NV
Government Business Executive Forum
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Contact & Map
13710 Aden Road
Nokesville, VA 20181
Telephone: (859) 248-1092
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