After a childhood filled with too many Rambo movies, Tom enlisted in the US Marines at age seventeen, where he served four years as a rifleman and machine gunner.  Tom subsequently attended George Mason University for both his undergraduate studies and law school, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice and a Juris Doctorate degree.

In 2001, Tom was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska, a post he held until 2004.  During his tenure with the Department of Law, Tom prosecuted criminal defendants in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Unalaska, Kenai, and Barrow, and also served as the lead attorney for all criminal prosecutions on Alaska's North Slope.

In 2004, Tom left the Department of Law to join Satterberg's boutique law firm.  Tom has extensive criminal trial, as well as civil and appellate, experience.  Tom has represented the criminally accused in both State and Federal courtss, amassing an impressive trial record.  In his free time, Tom enjoys hunting and enjoying the great Alaskan outdoors with his wife, five children, and "supreme gun dog" Ryker.