Jessee, Read & Howard, P.C.

Thomas A. Counts, II


Thomas (Tom) A. Counts, II was born and raised in Abingdon, Virginia and is a graduate of Abingdon High School. Tom attended Emory and Henry College, graduating with a double major in History and Psychology in 1977. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, Tom attended the United States Naval Officer Candidate in Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After completion of active duty, Tom obtained a Juris Doctor in 1985.

Tom began his legal career with Charlie Jessee in Abingdon in 1986 and practiced in Abingdon and surrounding Southwest Virginia until 1991 when he moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area and began practicing as insurance defense counsel for State Farm Insurance Company trying cases involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and providing coverage opinions on a variety of insurance coverage and insurance policy interpretation issues. During this period, Tom also acted as a court appointed mediator and neutral case evaluator assisting persons and corporations involved in legal disputes with resolution of cases without resorting to the uncertainty of submission to trial. In 2006, Tom opened the Roanoke, Virginia office of Robey, Teumer, Drash, Kimbrell & Counts providing insurance defense representation and coverage interpretation on a number of types of injury cases throughout Central and Southwest Virginia.

Tom has tried hundreds of cases throughout Virginia, as well as publishing articles and providing lectures to other practicing attorneys on trial advocacy, insurance coverage and policy interpretation. Tom is also certified as an instructor in trial advocacy by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Tom returns to Abingdon joining Jessee, Read & Howard, PC with over 30 years of experience representing individuals and corporations on a variety of legal issues with an in-depth knowledge of civil litigation and trial practice.


  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia


  • University of Richmond; Juris Doctor, 1985
  • United State Naval Officer Candidate School; Commissioned, 1978
  • Emory and Henry College; B.A., 1977


  • Attorney, Jessee, Read & Howard, P.C., Abingdon, VA - January 2020
  • Attorney, Robey, Teumer, Drash, Kimbrell & Counts, Roanoke, VA - 2006-2018
  • Attorney, State Farm Claim Litigation Counsel, Alexandria, VA - 1991-2006
  • Associate Attorney, C.R. Jessee & Associates, Abingdon, VA - 1986-1991
  • Adjunct Professor, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA - 1988-1989
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia's College at Wise, Abingdon, VA - 1987-1988
  • Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserve - 1978-1998


  • Virginia State Bar - 1986-Present
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys 1989
  • Northern Virginia Defense Attorneys Association 1997-1999
  • Circuit Court Committee of the Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Fairfax County Car Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Board of Directors Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys 2010-2013
  • Certified Instructor: National Institute of Trial Advocacy 2012
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