Tom Kelley was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. After graduating, he served for five years as an engineer officer in the United States Army deploying twice to Iraq. Once his military commitment was complete, Tom moved to Salt Lake City and worked at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Hospital as a healthcare administration manager.

In 2015, Tom started law school at the University of Utah. During his time at law school, Tom interned with RMIC, was a William H. Leary Scholar, and was the student director of the Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic. He graduated with highest honors in 2018. Upon graduating, Tom worked for the law firm of Fabian Vancott before transitioning to public service work as a public defender at the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. Tom joined RMIC’s team in December 2022. He is licensed to practice in Utah.