Tom was born in Albany, Georgia in 1973, but he has lived and worked mostly in Chattanooga since the mid-1980s.  He attended high school from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, and he later graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  While at UTC, he received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, with minors in American History and Economics. 


Tom graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999, and, after passing the bar, he worked as a law clerk to Justice William M. Barker on the Tennessee Court.  He is currently a shareholder with the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, and he practices in the areas of civil litigation, municipal law, employment law, and white-collar criminal defense.  He is a Fellow with both the American Bar Foundation and the Tennessee Bar Foundation, and he formerly served as the Chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Commission on CLE and Specialization.


Tom also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has taught classes in advanced constitutional law.  Among the topics that he has had the pleasure of teaching are Presidential War and National Security Powers; Presidential Domestic Policy Powers; The Establishment Clause; The Tenth Amendment & Federalism; Civil Liberties; and Introduction to Judicial Process.


Tom and his wife, Kate, were married in 1999, and they have two wonderful children.  His hobbies include avid interests in collecting presidential political memorabilia, traveling with his family, taking weekend hiking trips, and learning about American history.  He has particular interests in the Revolutionary War and colonial history, and he is a student of the Civil War battles for Chattanooga. 


Tom is privileged to serve as the Chairperson of the Chambliss Center for Children Board, and he serves as the Secretary and President-elect on the Orange Grove Center Board.  He also serves on the Boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and of St. Peter’s Episcopal School.  Tom also works as a volunteer for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, and he is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga.