Thomas L. Pfister

Retired Partner

Tom Pfister retired from the partnership in December 2005. A member of the firm since 1974, Mr. Pfister specialized in employment litigation on behalf of management and represented employers in a broad range of state and federal court lawsuits, including the defense and resolution of major class action discrimination and wage and hour cases throughout the country.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Pfister was a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been cited by Chambers and Partners' as a leading California employment attorney. He has been a frequent lecturer at national seminars on employment law issues.

Mr. Pfister was actively involved in firm management. He served on the firm's Executive Committee, headed the firm's Employment Law Group, served as Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, chaired the firm's internal EEO Board and served on the firm's Diversity Committee.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Pfister served on the Boards of the Norton Simon Museum, the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, the Seaver Institute and The Rape Foundation. He previously served on the Boards of the Harvard-Westlake School, the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Pfister served as a law clerk for the Honorable William Matthew Byrne, Jr., United States District Judge, Central District of California.


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1974
  • BA, Stanford University, 1970