Meet Michael J. Toms

Michael J. Toms

Born and raised in Waynesboro, Parents were John (Jack) C. and Elizabeth W. Toms.

Married to Susan A. (Barton) Toms. Parents were Lester and Naomi Barton.

Two grown daughters – Becky Holmes and Karey Singley.

Member of the Waynesboro Lions Club since 2004 (Currently secretary)

Former member of Waynesboro Rotary Club

Member of Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member of Pennsylvania and Franklin County Bar Associations

Pennsylvania Rule 801 Death Penalty certified


University of Baltimore Law School 1985 Juris Doctor

Shippensburg University 1979 M.S. in Public Administration

Juniata College 1976 B.A. in Political Science


Franklin County Chief Public Defender 2002 – Retirement on 10/1/2014

Partner in Law Office of Toms & Evans in Waynesboro 1994-2002

Partner in Buchanan Settlement Services in Waynesboro Same time frame

Law Office of Michael J. Toms in Waynesboro – Owner 1993-1994

Associate and then Partner with Frank Martin and Don Kornfield in Waynesboro 1987-1993

Associate Attorney with Strite, Schildt & Varner in Hagerstown, MD 1985-1987

Bar Admissions:

Pennsylvania in 1986

Maryland in 1985 (Currently on inactive status)