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Thomas M. Deal

Administrative Law Judge

Judge Deal hails from Norfolk, Virginia, and has resided in Washington, D.C., since 2004.  He was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge on December 5, 2021, and hears cases arising from the Department of Employment Services and the Department of Public Works.  Prior to joining OAH, Judge Deal worked for over a decade as an attorney with the D.C. Office of Human Rights, enforcing federal and District civil rights laws.  During law school, Judge Deal clerked for an Administrative Judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Judge Deal received his primary and secondary education from Norfolk Academy, his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and his law degree from The George Washington University.  Prior to entering the legal field, Judge Deal taught high school English, government, and religious studies.  Judge Deal is an avocational singer, experienced yachtsman, and pet parent to two frisky felines.