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Attorneys – Tom Bolt

Tom Bolt – Managing Attorney/Shareholder

“The strength of our community is its people. By reaching out and identifying common goals, so much can be accomplished.”

– Tom Bolt


St. Thomas, USVI
Managing Attorney
Tom Bolt focuses his practice in government relations, banking, real estate, real estate finance, and estate planning. He is a member of many national and local business and charitable organizations. Tom chairs the Government Relations Practice Group of the Firm and is a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Financial Services and Real Estate Groups. He has written and lectured on a variety of government relations issues.


St. Thomas, USVI
Executive Director and Legal Counsel
Coordination of Commission affairs; drafting, reviewing and revising laws for approval by the Commission; Editor, “Revised Virgin Islands Criminal Code”, drafting and reviewing contracts.

St. Thomas, USVI
Counsel to the President/Counsel to the Majority Leader
Drafting numerous legislation and memoranda; expediting disbursement of government funds; responding to constituents’ correspondence; representing Legislature before the public.

St. Thomas, USVI
Assistant Legislative Counsel
Drafting numerous legislation acted upon by the Senate; reviewing and drafting legal opinions on government contracts, rezoning and coastal zone permit applications.


American Bar Association:

Board of Governors (2017- Present)

House of Delegates (1989-present)
Delegate at Large (2000-present)
Committee on Credentials & Admissions (2008-10)
Drafting Committee (1993-96; 2004-06); Chair (2004-06)
Committee on State and Local Bar Associations (1996-98)
Select Committee of the House (1998-2000)
Minority Caucus (1992-Present)
Women’s Caucus (1995-Present)
Territorial Caucus (1995-Present)
ABA Fund for Justice and Education Council (2016-Present)
Commission on Poverty and Homelessness (2012-2015)
Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2008-2010)

Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress (2017-Present)
American Bar Association-American Law Law Institute-Committee on Continuing Professional Education (1993-95, 1999-2005)
American Institute of Law Training Within the Office-Board of Directors (1999-2004)
American Law Network-Board of Directors (1993-95, 1999-2005)
American Bar Foundation Fellow (2006-present); State Chair (2010-Present)

ABA Section Officers Conference:
Executive Committee (2012-2015)
Chair Elect Class Representative (2014-2015)
Vice Chair Class Representative (2013-2014)
Secretary Class Representative (2012-2013)
SOC Membership Committee (2011-2014)

Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section:
State Administrative Law Committee (1990-95)

Business Law Section

Civil Rights and Social Justic Section:
Economic Rights Committee (2012-Present)

Environment, Energy and Resources Section:
ABA Board of Governors Liaison (2017- Present)

Judicial Division

Law Practice Division:
Immediate Past Chair (2016-Present)
Chair (2015-2016)
Chair Elect (2014-2015)
Vice Chair (2013-2014)
Secretary (2012-2013)
Division Council (2011-Present)

Executive Committee (2012-Present)

Member Development Committee (2011-2014); Chair (2012-2014)
Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2010-2012)
Strategy & Planning Committee (2012-2015)

Law Practice Division Articles:
“Building Bridges”, Law Practice (September/October 2015)
“How to Successfully “Cook Up” a Team”, Law Practice Today (October 2015)
“Building Bridges with Clients in Mind”, Law Practice (November/December 2015)
“Understanding the Increasing Role of Social Media in the Practice of Law”, Law Practice Today (November 2015)
“Helping Lawyers to Become Leaders”, Law Practice Today (December 2015)
“Let Client Service Be Our Watchword”, Law Practice (January/February 2016)
“One Way or Another, “New Law” Affects Us All”, Law Practice Today (January 2016)
“Embracing the Change that Technology Brings to the Practice of Law”, Law Practice Today (February 2016)
“Using Technology to Build Bridges”, Law Practice (March/April 2016)
“Gender Equity in the Law Profession”, Law Practice Today (March 2016)
“Time-Tested Advice About Client Communications”, Law Practice Today (April 2016)
“The True Reward: Helping Others”, Law Practice (May/June 2016)
“Financial Planning and Prudent Fiscal Practices of Every Lawyer”, Law Practice Today (May 2016)
“Attorney Well Being”, Law Practice Today (June 2016)
“Big Issues/Building Bridges”, Law Practice (July/August 2016)
“Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession”, Law Practice Today (July 2016)
“Farewell Message”, Law Practice Today (August 2016)
Study Committee on Health Care Information Interoperability (Member 2005-07)
Drafting Committee to Revise Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act (Member 2005-07)
Drafting Committee on Uniform Money Services Act  (Chair 1996-2007)
Committee on Liaison with the American Bar Association – Member (1990-present); Chair (2003-present)
Committee Liaison with Other Organizations (2007-2013)

Law Student Division:
Advisory Board (2014-Present)

Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

Young Lawyers Division:
Fellow, Young Lawyers
Community Law Week Committee Member (1990-91), Vice-Chair (1991)

Virgin Islands Bar Association:
President (2002-2003)
Chair, Virgin Islands Bar Foundation (2014-2016)
Uniform Law Commission Bar Delegate (1988-present)
American Bar Association Delegate (1989-2000)
Board of Governors (1986-88,1990-2000)
Legislation and Law Reform Committee (1987-96, 1998-99); Chair (1987-1993)
Professional Liability Insurance Ad Hoc Committee-Chair (1994-1995)

National Conference of Bar Presidents:
Executive Council (2004-07)
Membership Committee (2002-08); Chair (2006-07)
Communications Committee (2005-07)
Diversity Task Force (2005-06)
Life Sustaining Fellow (2004-present)
Procedural Manual Special Commitee, Chair (2005-07)

Uniform Law Commission:
Commissioner (1988-present)
Executive Committee (2013-2015)
Joint Study Committee on Harmonization of the Law of Canada, Caribbean nations and the United States Concerning Registration of Foreign Judgments – Member (2013-present)
Joint Study Committee on Harmonization of the Law of Caribbean Nations and the United States Concerning Enforcement of Child Custody and Child Support Orders – Member (2013-present)
Legislative Council (2006-present)
Scope and Program Committee (2011 – 2013)
Legislative Council (2006-present)
Division Chair (2005-07)
Committee to Review the Scope and Program Process (2011-2013)
Committee on Real Property Transfer of Death Act (2005-2010)
Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Family Law  (Member 2005-07)
Committee to Host Annual Meeting  (Member 2005-07)
Drafting Committee on Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act (Member 2005-07)
Standby Committee to Prepare Amendments to Uniform Commercial Code,
Article 7, Warehouse Receipts (Member 2005-07)
Study Committee on Environmental Controls and Hazards Notice System (Member 2005-07)
Special Committee to Enhance Payment of State Dues (Member 2005-07)
Drafting Committee on Uniform Guardianship Interstate Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (Member 2005-07)
Study Committee on Health Care Information Interoperability (Member 2005-07)
Drafting Committee to Revise Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act (Member 2005-07)
Drafting Committee on Uniform Money Services Act  (Chair, 1996-2007)
Committee on Liaison with the American Bar Association – Member (1990-present); Chair (2003-present)
Committee Liaison with Other Organizations (2007-present)

American Counsel Association:
President (2006-07)
President Elect (2005-06)
Board of Directors (2002-2012)

Attorneys Liability Protection Society, Inc. (ALPS):
Board of Directors (1995-2004)

National Association of Parliamentarians:
Virgin Islands Law Revision Commission – Member (2001-04)
Virgin Islands Judicial Council – Member (2001-03)


The Salvation Army (VI Corps):
Advisory Board (2006-present)
Founding Chair  (2006-present)

Habitat For Humanity of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Inc.:
President (2005-09); (2014-2015)
Board of Directors (2004-09)

Children’s Trust of the Virgin Islands:
Founding Trustee (2005-present)
Founding Chair (2005-present)

Virgin Islands Continuum of Care on Homelessness:
Chair (2008-2010)
Board (2014-present)
Member (2007-present)

Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness:
Member (2009-present)

Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries:
President (1995-2002)
Board of Director (1994-2003)

Virgin Islands Business Journal:
Advisory Board (1994-96)

St. Thomas Reformed Church:
Endowment Board of Trustees; Chair (2012-present)
Consistory; Board of Deacons (1992-98); Clerk (1993-94)

Blackbeard’s Hill Neighborhood Association:
President (1988-96)
Board of Directors (1988-96)

St. Thomas-St. John Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency:
Treasurer (1993)
Board of Directors (1992-94)

Virgin Islands Youth Multi-Services Center:
Board of Directors (1990-94)

Rotary Club of Saint Thomas Sunrise:
Founding President (2003-04)
Board of Directors (2003-06)
Scholarship Committee Chair (2010-present)
Program Committee Chair (2010-2015)

Rotary Club of St. Thomas II:
President (2002-03)
Sergeant at Arms (1991-92, 1999-2000)
Board of Directors (1987-89, 1990-92, 1999-2003)

St. Thomas Historical Trust:
Secretary (1987-88)
Board of Directors (1987-90)


Virgin Islands Democratic Party:
Territorial Committeeman (1982-92)

South Carolina Democratic Party:
Vice Chairman (1980-82)
State Executive Committee (1980-82)

Bar Admission

U.S. Virgin Islands


Wofford College, B.A.

Government and English (1978)

University of South Carolina School of Law, JD.

Concentration in Public Law, Legislation, State & Local Tax (1982)