Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California (inactive)


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1971
    Tazewell Taylor Scholar
  • B.A., History, Virginia Military Institute, 1968

Judicial Clerkships

  • The Honorable A. Andrew Hauk, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
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Thomas M. Boyd


Thomas Boyd, partner and co-chair of Venable's Legislative and Government Affairs practice group in the Washington, DC office, focuses his practice on public policy and regulatory law. He counsels and represents clients on privacy, financial services, electronic commerce, and other legislative and related regulatory issues. His clients include financial service companies, such as banks, credit card issuers, insurance companies, online broker dealers, and other companies engaged in electronic commerce. He advises these companies on public policy matters before Congress and the Executive Branch, and guides them through the increasingly complex regulatory obligations associated with privacy compliance.

Prior to joining Venable, Thomas was a partner and co-chair of the government affairs practice at a national law firm in Washington, DC. Before entering private practice, Thomas held several high-ranking government positions. In 1988, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be an Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice, and, in 1989, President George H. W. Bush named him to head the Department's Office of Policy Development. He served a three-year term from 2007 to 2010 as a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, appointed by and reporting to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

In addition to his government experience, Thomas served as deputy general counsel and managed the Washington, DC office for Kemper Corporation. He also ran the legislative affairs office of the Investment Company Institute for two years. Currently, Thomas serves as counsel to the National Business Coalition on E-Commerce and Privacy, an organization of a dozen name-brand companies and associations formed in 2000 to support the enactment of consistent state and federal laws that encourage the growth of electronic commerce in a way that achieves a reasonable and practical balance between the legitimate privacy interests of both business and consumers.

Thomas has repeatedly been recognized in both Chambers Global and Chambers USA, praised by The Legal 500 United States, and listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.

He has published more than 50 legal, political, and creative commentaries in a range of national publications, including law reviews, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, and The Boston Globe.