W. Thomas Chappell

Thomas Chappell is an associate at the firm.  His practice includes a broad range of litigation and transactional matters.  Thomas provides thorough and efficient services for his clients.

Prior to joining Vandeventer Black, Thomas served as a judicial law clerk for Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Supreme Court of Virginia for two years.  Through his clerkship, Thomas was exposed to numerous areas of law in Virginia’s highest state court and honed his research and writing skills.

Thomas received a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from the University of Richmond School of Law. He was admitted to the law school as a John Marshall Scholar and remained a member of the program throughout his entire legal career. Moreover, he was recognized for his law school academic success by being inducted into the prestigious ‘Order of the Coif’ and the ‘McNeill Law Society.’ He was awarded for earning the highest grade in his Non-Profit Organizations and Law Skills I courses. Further, he was a member of the University of Richmond Law Review, the Trial Advocacy Board and the Client Counseling and Negotiation Board. He also served on the executive board of the law school’s Christian Law Fellowship.

As a law student, Thomas gained practical experience in diverse areas of law.  Thomas served as an extern for Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Further, he served as a Janet D. Steiger Fellow in the Consumer Protection Section of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.  He also was a summer associate for a large law firm in Washington, D.C.

Prior to attending law school, Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from the College of William & Mary, double majoring in Government and Economics.  He also served as a Governor’s Fellow in the administration of Governor Robert F. McDonnell and interned for then-State Senator Ken Cuccinelli.

Thomas is a lifelong Virginian who is committed to serving his clients and his community well.