Thomas C. Pence

Retired Partner


Thomas C. Pence is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He represents employers in labor negotiations, labor arbitrations, and NLRB proceedings. Mr. Pence also counsels employers concerning all aspects of employment and labor law, including reductions in force, the ADA, the FMLA, and workplace harassment. He works with employers to develop problem prevention processes, training programs, and alternative dispute resolution programs. Mr. Pence is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law topics and is the former chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice.


Mr. Pence has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (2005 – 2020). He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of labor and employment law. Mr. Pence was also selected for inclusion in the 2007 and 2008 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists.


Mr. Pence received his bachelor's degree in 1977 from Indiana University, and his law degree from Indiana University in 1980, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.


Mr. Pence is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. He also is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.