Thomas M. Spear Jr.
Thomas was born and raised in the Portland area. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Thomas obtained his commission in the United States Navy and served as an Officer aboard a nuclear powered submarine. After resigning his commission, Thomas worked for Portland General Electric at the Trojan nuclear power plant while attending law school at Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law.
After obtaining his J.D., Thomas worked at Yamhill County District Attorney's Office prosecuting a wide range. Thomas took a position as a felony prosecutor in 2000 for the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. Thomas prosecuted a wide range of cases including murder, child abuse and many measure 11 cases. After attending a course at the National District Attorney Association College, Thomas was asked to be an instructor for the various trial strategy courses taught at the campus in Columbia, South Carolina. Thomas also taught many courses for local law enforcement agencies.
Since 2003, Thomas has been a registered patent attorney and admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office. Thomas has been preparing patent application and prosecuting patent application and providing business strategy to those with intellectual property matters.
Thomas has been involved with the J.R. Campbell American Inns of Court and was President of the organization in 2008. Thomas has been an active member with the Deschutes County Bar association and was an Officer with the local bar from 2005 through 2009.
Thomas was selected by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2007 as a Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem and has served in that position for the Deschutes County Circuit Courts.