Party affiliation: Republican
Patent attorney American Enka Corporation, Asheville, North Carolina, 1970-1971, Akzona Inc., Asheville, 1971-1984, Akzo American, Inc., Asheville, 1985-1986. Senior patent attorney Fibers division Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik Corporation, Enka, North Carolina, 1986-1987, division patent counsel, 1987-1989, senior patent counsel, 1989-1990. Private practice law, 1990-1991.
Director Geary Glast & Middleton, Dallas, 1992. Partner Falk, Vestal & Fish, 1992-1997. Manager Law Offices Tom R. Vestal, Carrollton, since 1997.
Member American Bar Association, State Bar Texas, American Intellectual Property Law Association (member patent law committee, alternate dispute resolution committee), Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association (board directors 1983-1985, Second vice president 1985-1986, 1st vice president 1986-1987, president 1987-1988), Dallas Bar Association (member committee law in schools and communications, schools and the community board), Dallas–Fort Worth Patent Law Association, Asheville Chamber of Commerce (chairman legal affairs committee), Phi Alpha Delta. Lodges: Kiwanis (president 1982).