Thomas R. Tompsett, Jr.
Associate/Attorney at Law
Tommy Tompsett is a seasoned trial attorney and registered lobbyist who joined HJM in the spring of 2017. Mr. Tompsett’s reputation for honesty coupled with a fiery, competitive spirit has made him a successful and respected attorney and advocate.
For the past three years, Mr. Tompsett has been a zealous lobbyist for the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA), a trade association that represents the owners and managers of more than 183,000 residential rentals units throughout the State of Maryland. At both the State and local levels through persuasive oral and written testimony, one-on-one engagement with elected officials, and candid discussions with print and TV journalists, Mr. Tompsett has helped to preserve the property rights of his members while also thwarting legislative proposals that would have negatively impacted their business and financial interest.
Prior to becoming a lobbyist, Mr. Tompsett learned the art of persuasion and negotiation as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Tompsett spent his 8 and half years as a prosecutor passionately representing the citizens of Baltimore County and the victims of violent crime. Never afraid to try a case before a judge or a jury, Mr. Tompsett was seen as a principled, but reasonable, prosecutor.
One of Mr. Tompsett’s most notable jury trials came in 2008 where he helped secure the conviction of Thomas Grant for a 1979 cold case rape and murder of Sheila Rascoe in her Essex home. Mr. Grant, who walked free for more than 20 years after the crime, is now serving two life sentences thanks in part to Mr. Tompsett’s efforts.
Analytical, yet conversational, Mr. Tompsett is able to convey complex legal theories in straightforward, relatable terms. For all these reasons, Mr. Tompsett makes a wonderful compliment to HJM’s team of skilled and highly respected advocates.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
State of Maryland (2005)
University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (J.D., 2005)
Towson University, Towson, MD (B.A. in English with a concentration in Writing and a minor in Business, 2001)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Maryland Bar Association
Baltimore County Bar Association
Maryland Government Relations Association
United Way of Central Maryland Housing Advisory Committee