Thomas L Chittum III

Thomas L Chittum III

Lawyer, Leader, Speaker, Executive, and Adjunct Law Professor
  • Gov & Administrative Law, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law
  • Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
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Tom retired from the Department of Justice as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). He spent more than two decades enforcing federal law and served as a high-ranking federal law enforcement official. He now work for a public safety technology company, where he oversees a team of experienced professionals providing investigative, analytical, forensic, and litigation support. He regularly speaks on matters related to criminal justice, law enforcement, and firearms law to cabinet-level and other high-ranking government executives, industry trade groups, law enforcement officials, and in the national media.

Tom’s law enforcement career began in his home state of West Virginia in 1997. He has also been assigned to offices in Miami, FL; Louisville, KY; Las Vegas, NV; Seattle, WA; Detroit, MI; and multiple assignments in Washington, DC. He worked extensively in undercover assignments from 2002 to 2008. From 2005 to 2012 he regularly testified as an expert witness in federal court on firearms matters.

Tom has a BA in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; an MS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky; and a JD from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

He is a licensed attorney in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. He lives with his wife and three children in Kentucky.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Activities: Law Review - Articles Editor
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Eastern Kentucky University
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Marshall University
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Professional Experience
Adjunct Law Professor
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Acting Deputy Director
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
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Special Agent
IRS Criminal Investigations
Articles & Publications
The Federal Law of “Firearms Trafficking”
Nevada Lawyer
Can You Hear Me Now? Cell Phone Jamming and the Tenth Amendment
Nevada Law Journal
Speaking Engagements
Local Prosecution of Gun Crime, National District Attorneys Association, Washington, DC
Fighting Gun Crime in Cities
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Casings, Crumbs, and Camera: The Future of Law Enforcement Technology, Washington, DC
History of Firearms Legislation, Symposium, Las Vegas, NV
Firearms Law, Washoe Bar, Reno, NV
Collaboration Across Jurisdictions, Edge 22, Las Vegas, NV
Government Business Executive Forum
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 86465
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West Virginia State Bar  # 12462
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Kentucky Bar Association  # 96675
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Kentucky Bar Association
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Virginia State Bar
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West Virginia
West Virginia State Bar
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Practice Areas
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
    White Collar Crime
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Investigations
  • Compliance
  • Firearms, Explosives, Arson
  • Alcohol & Tobacco
  • English
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