Appointed: July 1, 2016
Current Term Expires: June 30, 2020;
Thomas G. Slater Jr., of Richmond, is an attorney who serves as chair emeritus for litigation, labor and competition practices at Hunton & Williams. He has over 30 years' experience handling antitrust and competition trials, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for his antitrust and corporate litigation experience since 1991. His work focuses on complex antitrust, intellectual property, franchise, and unfair trade practice disputes, as well as white-collar criminal defense representations.
Slater has handled more than 70 jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has been admitted pro hac vice in multiple jurisdictions, including California, Delaware, Alabama, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Indiana and South Dakota.
A member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Tom is admitted to practice before the Fourth, Fifth and District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and U.S. Supreme Court. He has been active in bar and community activities and is a past president of the Richmond Bar Association and a former member of the Virginia State Bar Executive Committee. He is a member of the American Bar Foundation, the Virginia Law Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Tom is a 1966 Virginia Military Institute graduate with a degree in history. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s law school, receiving his LLB in 1969. In 2003, he was appointed to the VMI board of visitors and was its president from July 2008 through June 2011. He is currently a member of the Virginia Military Institute Foundation Endowment Campaign Committee.
He has served as chairman, Virginia Historical Society, 2011-2013; Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Board of Directors; Legal Aid Justice Center Board of Directors; Board of Trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation; director, John Marshall Foundation; and vestry member, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
He and his wife, the former Martha (Scottie) Newell, have five children and nine grandchildren. Residents of Richmond, they also own Rose Hill Farm in Upperville, Virginia, which has been in Mr. Slater’s family since the 1840s.