Tom E. Wilson - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Tom E. Wilson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 650-813-5604

Mr. Wilson’s practice involves all aspects of labor and employment law, including litigation before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He has represented employers in wage-and-hour class actions and other complex employment matters involving employment discrimination claims, wrongful discharge and retaliation claims, and trade secrets and employee raiding cases. Among the clients for whom Mr. Wilson has tried cases are Lockheed, the Pebble Beach Corporation, General Motors, Xerox, and ActivCard.

For several years, Mr. Wilson has been recognized as one of “Silicon Valley’s top employment law attorneys” (by San Jose Magazine since 2001) and as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of Labor and Employment Law (by San Francisco Magazinesince 2004). Mr. Wilson also has been selected by his peers for inclusion in theBest Lawyers in America (since 2007) in two categories: Labor (Management) and Litigation (Labor).

During his tenure with the firm, Mr. Wilson has authored and co authored more than a dozen articles in publications such as the Employment Law Journal, theUniversity of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Stanford Law Review, theNational Law Journal, the ALI ABA Course Materials Journal, the Practicing Law Institute, and the Stanford Lawyer. A frequent speaker on employment law topics, Mr. Wilson has appeared on National Public Radio and given presentations before groups as diverse as the American Electronics Association, the Computer and Internet Law Section of the Oregon State Bar Association, the Chrysler Management Training Seminars, and the Employment Litigation Section of the California Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Wilson is a member of the Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections of the American Bar Association. Since 1987, he has served as judge pro tem in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.

Mr. Wilson holds a B.A. from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa, 1972), an M.A. from the University of California, Davis (1976), and a J.D. from Stanford Law School (1976). He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Edward J. Schwartz, United States District Court, Southern District of California.

Mr. Wilson joined Morrison & Foerster in 1977 and became a partner in 1982. He was the managing partner of the firm’s Palo Alto office from 1991 until 1994.

Stanford UniversityBA 1972Stanford UniversityJ.D. 1976University of California, DavisMA 1976

Client Comments

"Thomas Wilson in Palo Alto is an excellent counselor. He listens carefully, develops an understanding of both the business and the problem, and then provides practical, cost-effective advice. He communicates effectively with both lawyers and non-lawyers. My organization has benefitted from his services for almost 20 years."

Office Location

755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1018
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the San Jose Metro Area
Tom E. Wilson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment