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Tom’s affiliation enables the firm to offer a full range of criminal litigation and courtroom services including misdemeanor and felony cases from pre-arraignment through trial. His proven litigation techniques and prosecutorial outlook are valuable in forming a viable defense strategy.

Born in Galway, Ireland, Tom attended the National University of Ireland where he received his BA in Economics and Law. He was employed with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and then with the Department of Defense, Operations and Civilian Employee Bureaus in Galway. Tom received his law degree from the National University of Ireland and was awarded the Sweet and Maxwell Law prize for first place in the study of law.

After graduating from Law School , Tom moved to New York and worked in the Office of the District Attorney in Brooklyn , prosecuting serious crimes including narcotics and gang violence. Thereafter, he entered private practice focusing on Criminal and Civil Litigation, including Family Court, Surrogates Court, Criminal Court, Housing Court , Civil Court and Supreme Court cases. In 2004, Tom became a DWI prosecutor for Delaware County. Most recently, as Bureau Chief in the Special Victims Unit in Rensselaer County, Tom regularly handled felony and misdemeanor sex crimes, domestic violence, crimes against children and crimes against the elderly. In addition to his work at the offices of the District Attorney, Tom joined the New York State Assembly Minority staff as an associate counsel and later became Deputy Legislative Director.

Tom is often called upon by local and national news organizations to comment on prominent criminal cases.  He has been called upon as an expert in both the political and legal fields for Fox News, Capital News 9, News Channel 10, as well as National Public Radio (NPR) and WGY, making numerous appearances on the Al Roney Show as well as The Tully Rinckey Legal Power Hour.


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441 New Karner Road
Albany, NY, 12205

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    18 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    18 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 15%
    18 years


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  • John M. DeProspo

    Thomas is a highly skilled criminal lawyer well respected within the legal community. I endorse him.


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  • Kate Siobhan Howard

    I endorse this lawyer. Tom's tenacity, professionalism, expertise and heart are unparalleled. You will be hard pressed to find a better attorney.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Sweet & Maxwell Law PrizeThomson Reuters1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselTully Rinckey P.L.L.C.2006 - Present
Assistant District Attorney, Bureau Chief, Special Victims UnitRensselaer County District Attorney2006 - 2006
Associate Counsel & Deputy Legislative DirectorNew York State Assembly2004 - 2006
Assistant District AttorneyDelaware County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2004
Associate AttorneyMetnick Law Office2002 - 2004
Assistant District AttorneyKings Country (Brooklyn) District Attorney1997 - 2001
Operations and Civilian Employee BureausDepartment of Defense, Financial Branch, Galway Ireland1990 - 1996
AdministrationDepartment of Foreign Affairs, Dublin Ireland Passport Office1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Albany County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
New York State Rifle & Pistol AssociationMember2004 - Present
NRAMember2003 - Present
Humane Society of Central Delaware CountyBoard Member2004 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of New York v. S.R.Complete acquittal at trial
PSNY v. M.S.Burglary and Larceny reduced to a non criminal (violation) disposition
People of the State of NY Vs.BK3 VTL Misdemeanors plead down to zero point infraction with a minimal fine.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
NRAN/ACertified Firearms Instructor2009
New York State DCJSCertified Police Academy InstructorMunicipal Police Training Council2006
National University of IrelandN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1996
National University of IrelandLaw & Economics (Double Major)BA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationOverview of Drug Crimes: Controlled Substances Offenses2012
Continuing Legal EducationTraffic Offenses2012
Ask the LawyersCriminal Legal Advice2012
TrainingCourtroom Testimony and Demeanor2011
Law DayA Lesson in Law2011
CLEDWI Laws in NY2011
Ask The LawyerCriminal Legal Advice2011
Ask the LawyerCriminal Legal Advice2011
Ask the LawyerCriminal Legal Advice2011
SWAT TrainingSWAT Training2010