Tom was born, raised and lived in the Kootenays, specifically Rossland, Trail and Castlegar for the majority of his life. Tom graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1970 with a degree in Economics and Commerce and obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1973. Tommy was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1974 and has practiced with this law firm since then. He was senior partner in the firm until 2010 and now acts as Senior Counsel. His guidance and practice are primarily in the areas of Civil Litigation and Estate Litigation.