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Tom & Scott Word

Thomas S. Word, Jr. grew up on a small farm in the mountains of Montgomery County, Virginia. His father was a self educated lawyer in the tradition of Abraham Lincoln and a farmer. He died when Tom was fifteen, but his influence has been strong in Tom’s life and through Tom in Scott’s. He stood for integrity and humor. His dislikes – pompous, humorless people, abuse of land, and phonies – are shared by Tom and Scott.

When We Are Not In the Office

Thomas S. Word, Jr. and T. Scott Word III share a love of the out of doors, manifested in upland bird hunting. They have raised and trained bird dogs – setters and pointers – since Scott was a small boy. They share a keen interest in conservation (this led Scott to a position as Development Director for a national conservation organization, where he advocated estate planning strategies for donors, including conservation easements and charitable lead and remainder trusts).


Tom and Scott also share a deep interest in history and current affairs (Scott majored in history at U. Va.) and in all things agrarian. They are voracious readers.

Scott is an avid golfer and a member of Hermitage Country Club. His principal interest, however, is his young family. He is married to Sheri Williams Word of Appomattox, Virginia and they have two children. Sheri’s father, Floyd Elliott Williams, retired president of Farmers Bank of Appomattox and her mother, Barbara Ragland Williams, served as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Appomattox County from 1976 until her recent retirement, None Held Back (Tom’s father served as Clerk of a circuit court from 1931 until 1936, during which time he “read” law and passed the bar).

Thomas S. Word, Jr.'s hobbies include writing, and he has published four volumes of short stories (None Held Back, A Little Competition, The Ninth Pup, The Curmudgeons) and a memoir (The Price of Admission, Reflections of Some Personal Heros), and many fiction and nonfiction articles in periodicals such as Draft Horse Journal and American Field. He frequently serves as a reporter of pointing dog field trials across the U.S.

Visit Thomas S. Word, Jr.'s writing website at Tom Word Writes.

None Held Back
Thomas S. Word Jr.

Thomas S. Word, Jr.


Private practice with McGuireWoods LLP (as Partner, 1966 to 2006) and currently principal, Word & Word PLC. Concentrations in Tax, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Charitable Giving, Family Business Planning, Fiduciary Litigation.

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, LL.B., 1961
    • Honors: Charles Norman Medal, top graduate
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • President, Student Government
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S. in Business Administration, 1959
  • Hampden-Sydney College, 1955-56
Professional Affiliations
  • Richmond Bar Association
    • Member
    • President, 1984-1985
  • American Law Institute
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Place of Birth
  • Christiansburg, Virginia

T. Scott Word III

T. Scott Word III

  • Private practice of law in Virginia (Staunton 1987-1989 and Richmond 1989-1999 and January 2006 to the present)
  • Executive Director of NPA Foundation Washington D.C. – 1999-2001
  • Development Director of Ruffed Grouse Society – 2002-2005
  • Member Board of Directors Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond since January 2009
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary™ - 2006
  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., May 1987
  • University of Virginia, 1981-1983, B.A., History
  • Hampden-Sydney College, 1979-1981, Dean’s List
  • Collegiate School, 1979
Professional Affiliations
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
Place of Birth
  • Richmond, Virginia