Philip J. Pence



Philip J. (“PJ”) Pence is a partner at Thomas Mamer. His practice includes complex matters in employment law and litigation.

Mr. Pence’s legal career started at Thomas Mamer, first as a law clerk while attending the University of Illinois College of Law, then as an associate attorney after being admitted to the Illinois bar in 2016. He then practiced employment law at a large international law firm in Chicago before returning to Champaign-Urbana.

Mr. Pence represents and counsels employers in a wide range of federal, state, and local employment matters, including claims arising under the FLSA, Title VII, FMLA, OSHA, and the ADA. He also advises clients on day-to-day employment issues, including personnel policies and procedures, independent contractor arrangements, employee misclassification risks, accommodations, and restrictive covenants.

Litigation is at the center of Mr. Pence’s practice, handling complex litigation matters from the pre-litigation stage through appeal, both in employment litigation and as a general litigator. He represents clients in numerous industries, including education, retail, manufacturing, finance, hospitality, and healthcare.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Pence is a musician who plays drums with various artists in Illinois and beyond.