Tommy’s extensive legal background, combined with serving as Virginia Senator for the 3rd Senatorial District since 1992, brings Kaufman & Canoles clients a unique perspective in their representation.

While maintaining his commitment to the Virginia Senate, Tommy remains active in his legal practice. As of counsel in the Litigation Practice Group, Tommy specializes in civil, criminal and administrative litigation, as well as in timeshare law. His extensive experience in transactions which directly or indirectly involve real estate such as buying and selling businesses, reviewing and negotiating contracts, and obtaining land use and zoning permits, brings his clients the full spectrum of services for their commercial real estate transactions.


Recognition & Honors

  • Virginia State Senate; Third Senatorial District, 1992-present
  • Senate Republican Caucus Leader Pro Tempore
  • The Power List; 75 People Who Shape and Influence Hampton Roads; Inside Business, 2019
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2018-2019
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2019-2020
  • Past Majority Floor Leader
  • Member; Finance Committee, Commerce & Labor Committee, Rules Committee, Joint Rules Committee, Virginia
  • Crime Commission, Governor’s Commission on Tourism, and State Water Board
  • Chairman; Joint Subcommittee studying Potential Changes in Restructuring Electrical Generation, Joint
  • Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Commission Studying Incentives for the Shipbuilding Industry,
  • Jamestown Yorktown Commission and the Management Committee
  • Legislator of the Year; Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
  • Roll of the Drum Award; Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Leader of the Year; William & Mary School of Education
  • Prentis Award; College of William & Mary
  • Distinguished Service Award; Virginia Military Institute


  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Newport News Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Military Institute Foundation; Director, 1997
  • Williamsburg Land Conservancy; Trustee
  • Williamsburg Partnership in Educational Excellence
  • TowneBank of Williamsburg; Chairman of Board
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Trustee


  • Virginia Military Institute; B.A., 1968
  • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1973