Captain Tom Haine in the courtroom at Fort Meade, MD.
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Tom was born and raised in Alton, where he went to St. Mary's Grade School and Marquette High School. A graduate of Princeton University with honors, Tom was in Army ROTC and was the President of Princeton’s Senior Class of 2008. He earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, graduated in the top 10% of his class, and was awarded the Order of the Coif.
Tom then served in the Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, was a member of the 10th Mountain Division, and completed Air Assault School.
As a Captain in the JAG Corps, Tom was the primary legal advisor for over a dozen commanders on both criminal and civil matters and personally prosecuted many military criminal cases. He also prosecuted civilian crimes in federal court as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in both Baltimore and upstate New York.
After active duty Tom, his wife Eva, and their children moved back to Alton. Tom would go on to serve as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and is now in private practice in Edwardsville. He continues to serve in the Army Individual Ready Reserve, is a board member of Riverbend Head Start, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, where he attended grade school.