Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Thomas W. Pahl

Partner - Minneapolis / Walnut Creek / LA


Bar Admissions: California; Minnesota; Wisconsin

Practice Groups: Commercial Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation, Product Liability, Professional Liability Defense, Toxic Tort / Mass Tort

Education: Boston University School of Law, 1991, JD - Graduated cum laude; University of Michigan School of Business Administration, 1987, BS, Finance and Accounting


Tom Pahl is a partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Minneapolis office, and also works out of the firm's California offices. Tom focuses his practice in the areas of product liability, toxic tort and mass tort litigation in addition to general business litigation and employment disputes.

Tom’s extensive national litigation and trial skills - coupled with years of business and accounting experience - provide many advantages to clients embroiled in high-stakes litigation. In addition to the aggressive defense of client interests, he also advises companies on a broad array of proactive measures to control and minimize business risks and unnecessary litigation.

In the commercial arena, Tom represents small and large businesses and their owners/shareholders in contract and lending disputes, shareholder and fiduciary duty claims, commercial lease and franchise litigation, and fraud and misrepresentation actions. His trial experience includes cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, violations of non-competes and confidentiality provisions. He has represented clients in a wide range of employment matters, ranging from wage and ERISA disputes to wrongful termination and discrimination claims. Tom also has a niche practice representing owners and operators of equine breeding and racing enterprises.

Tom’s product liability and mass tort experience includes trials in asbestos-related litigation and the defense of product design-defect and class-action claims on behalf of manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.

In addition to his active law practice, Tom is involved in the training for the firm’s young attorneys, serving as an instructor and trial mentor on professional development, best practices and client service.

Tom is an active Boy Scout leader, Board Member / Fundraising Chair of the Eden Prairie Baseball Association, and a Board Member of the Foley & Mansfield Foundation, the non-profit charitable arm of the firm.


  • Medtronic, Inc. v. Sun, Nos. C7-97-1185, Cp-97-1186, 1997 WL 729168 (Minn.App. 1997).
  • Kunin v. Kunin, No. Co-99-206, 1999 WL 486814 (Minn.App. 1999).
  • Medtronic, Inc. v. Carmichael, No. 11-123, 2011 WL 2412745 (D. Minn. 2011).
  • Mills v. Oberg, No. A04-1262, 2005 WL 221971 (Minn.App. 2005).
  • Bjorklund v. Bjorklund Trucking, Inc., 753 N.W.2d 312 (Minn.App. 2008).
  • Re-Solutions Intermediaries, LLC v. Heartland Financial Group, Inc., No. A09-1440, 2010 WL 1192030 (Minn.App. 2010).


July 9, 2018
Seven Foley & Mansfield Attorneys Named to 2018 Super Lawyer, Rising Stars List

Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce that seven attorneys in the firm’s Minneapolis office have been named to the 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Star® Lists.


July 6, 2016
Six Attorneys Named to 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyer, Rising Stars Lists

Six attorneys from the firm's Minneapolis office have been named to the 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list.


July 9, 2015
Thomas Pahl to Present Webcast on Voir Dire, Social Media

Thomas Pahl, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Foley & Mansfield, will be a featured presenter at an upcoming webcast, Voir Dire and Jury Selection: from Start to Finish.



  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® - 2006-2018
  • Super Lawyers® Business Edition - Litigation - 2014
  • Super Lawyers® - Corporate Counsel Edition, Top Business Litigation Attorneys in Minnesota - 2008-2009


  • Instructor - 2015, National Business Institute, Voir Dire
  • Instructor - 2013, National Institute for Trial Advocacy/Oakland
  • Instructor - 2009, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • The Mysteries of Voir Dire - 2009, MPA
  • Instructor - 2008, National Institute for Trial Advocacy


  • Tom volunteers in Foley & Mansfield’s Pro Bono Services group serving with and representing the Corporate Governance Board for Asian Women of Minnesota. He also helps represent a number of minority-owned businesses with contract and business disputes.
  • Tom serves as a board member on the Foley & Mansfield Charitable Foundation.


  • Tom is an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America and serves as Secretary of the Eden Prairie Baseball Association


  • Tom discusses the legal issues involved in current event with Molly and Jason on the Minnesota Pubcast - October 29, 2015.  Listen.