Thomas Shaia  
Commonwealth's Attorney
Title: Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Thomas Shaia, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney


Thomas Shaia is a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and, along with Matthew Glassman, is a supervisor for General District Court. He began working for this office in February, 2016. Tom graduated from George Mason University in 1985 and from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1988. Tom has been a prosecutor since 1988. He started working for the City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and stayed there until 1993. In 1994, he began working for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Henrico County and stayed until 2002. In 2002, Tom was appointed as the Chief Prosecutor for the Attorney General of Virginia Financial Crime Intelligence Center. Tom along with others started the program and he stayed in the office until 2004. In 2004, Tom began working for the County of Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, was appointed Deputy in 2006, and stayed there until 2016.

Tom is an avid teacher and lecturer, has lectured on many topics including Ethics, Money Laundering, Racketeering, Search and Seizure, and assists in teaching the Top Gun program and is a director for the Gangbusters program for prosecutors and law enforcement in Virginia. Tom was honored with the Warren Von Schuch Award for Distinguished Prosecutor by the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association in 2010. 

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