Thomas J. Tabor, Jr., Esq.

Thomas J. Tabor, Jr., Esq.

Tabor Law Office is conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Tazewell, the seat of Claiborne County.

Firm Overview

Located directly next to the Claiborne County Courthouse, Attorney Tabor is positioned to be involved with any legal proceedings or developments on your case. Our address: 1724 Main St. Suite 3, Box 941, Tazewell, TN 37879

In addition to a strong location, Attorney Tabor has the real-world and legal experience to help those who in need of counsel and those who often have nowhere to turn. As a former coal-miner, Tom is aware of the working man's plight and will handle every case with the care and attention it merits.

Protect Your Future

Thomas J. Tabor, Jr., Esq. understands that every case is unique. With nearly a decade of legal experience and having represented hundreds of individuals in a variety of criminal offenses, he makes it a priority to give each client the utmost attention.

Main Office

Main Office
1724 Main Street, Suite 3, P.O. BOX 941
Tazewell, TN 37879



Criminal Defense

Legal practice encompasses many diverse practice settings, including large, medium, and small law firms.

Below is a list of areas in which Attorney Tabor has experience in litigating...

-Automobile Accidents
-Property Law
-Domestic Relations
-Family Law
-Criminal Law
-Personal Injury
-Trust Law
-Workers Compensation
-Juvenile Law
-Corporate Law
-Commercial Law
-Real Property
-Employment Law
-Adoption Law

Thomas J. Tabor

Thomas J. Tabor, Jr., Esq.

Born on January 17, 1962 in Bluefield, West Virginia, Tom was raised by my parents, Velva Lane Jackson Tabor and Thomas J. Tabor Sr. at their home in Falls Mills, Virginia, where he attended the local elementary school. As Tom grew up, he ascended to Graham Junior High, and eventually graduated Graham High School in Bluefield, Virginia in June 1980. During those times, he enjoyed participating in football, baseball, and track. Tom is the eldest brother of two sisters and one brother.

After graduating high school, he worked part-time jobs and construction jobs prior to my entrance into Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia. Tom majored in Mining Engineering Technology and began working during the summers as an apprentice underground coal miner for Elk Run Coal Company, Inc., in Boone County, West Virginia for Douglas Blackburn, Jr. His success in academic studies allowed him to receive the West Virginia Board of Regents Scholarship and the A.T. Massey scholarship. Upon recommendation of faculty at Bluefield State College, Thomas Tabor was placed into the 1984 edition of Who's Who among American College Students. He graduated from Bluefield State College with an Associate Degree in Mining Engineering Technology, with honors, and with a Bachelor's Degree in Mining Engineering Technology, cum laude, during December 1984.

Tom immediately went to work underground for Elk Run Coal Company after finishing college and worked approximately nine months before enrolling in Virginia Tech to pursue a Master's Degree in Mining Engineering. He attended Virginia Tech for the 1985-1986 school terms, and was offered another underground mining job with Consolidation Coal Company at its Buchanan No. 1 Mine in Mavisdale, Virginia. He accepted the job with Consol in 1986 until I was promoted to a supervisor at Consol's Matthews Mines at Tackett Creek, Tennessee in June 1987.

Tom spent three years in Tennessee and found that he loved the Claiborne County, Tennessee and Bell County, Kentucky areas. He discovered that he enjoyed the area when he began hunting the grounds where Daniel Boone walked and enjoyed Norris Lake. During this time, Tom met his wife, Shelia Karen Inman Tabor from Straight Creek, Kentucky, and they were married in 1989. Due to the poor mining conditions and economics in Tennessee, he was transferred to Beckley, West Virginia to work at the Consolidation Coal Company, Rowland Mines in Clear Creek, West Virginia in September 1990. He and his wife moved into a new home in Beckley with their two children.

Mr. Tabor's mining experience grew from work history which had exposed him to several different mining systems from continuous mining to longwall mining. He received state certifications as a mine foreman in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and later, in Kentucky. I learned a great deal of mining knowledge, and also witnessed many fellow miners either retire or become disabled.

Again, due to economic conditions and the continuing changing face of the mining industry, Tom and his family were faced with another transfer to Eastern Kentucky. In September 1991, he was transferred to Consolidation Coal Company of Kentucky Jones Fork Operations. He and his family moved to Van Lear, Kentucky (better known as Loretta Lynn's homeplace). They lived there while Tom continued to work for Consol until he realized that I was working extremely long hours and was never home.

Tom consulted God for guidance and found that he was urged to sell all his possessions and go to law school at which time he immediately began preparations for law school. In the spring of 1998, he took the law school entrance exam, and in August 1998 my house sold, and I went to attend Appalachian School of Law, in Grundy, Virginia. Tom and his family lived at Hurley, Virginia, Grundy, Virginia, and finally at Mavisdale, Virginia where they met and made many friends.

Law school was definitely a learning experience. He studied law under the late Tony Sutin, Academic Dean, and other fine faculty members too numerous to mention. He was provided with the opportunity to work part-time for the school's founder, Attorney Joe Wolfe. The Appalachian School of Law became provisionally accredited by the ABA during the year of 2000-2001. Tom Tabor graduated from the law school during May 2001.

He then took the bar exam at the end of the summer of 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee. While he waited for the results, he worked as a clerk for the Honorable Circuit Judge Stephens and Honorable Circuit Judge Murensiky in McDowell County, West Virginia. He received notification that he had passed the Tennessee Bar Exam in October 2001.