Tom Holt is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted advisor. Tom defends employers against claims by employees at every stage of litigation, from pre-suit-negotiations through trial and appeal. Tom also represents employers in government agency investigations and administrative proceedings related to discrimination allegations, employment taxes, and workplace safety. In addition to defending employers in litigation, Tom also helps businesses protect their trade secrets from misappropriation, and to enforce their rights under noncompetition agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other employee contracts.

Tom also regularly counsels businesses on a broad spectrum of employment law matters matters ranging from government audits to employment contracts. Tom’s advising practice includes a focus on executive contracts and protective covenant agreements, employment taxes, gig economy issues, and Washington’s unique and complex workers’ compensation system.

Before joining Littler, Tom worked at a boutique employment law firm in Seattle, where he also had a busy litigation and advising practice. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk to Hon. Stephen J. Dwyer of the Washington State Court of Appeals. 

In law school, Tom was the editor-in-chief of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal and served as a legal extern to Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Prior to law school, he worked in Washington, D.C., on issues related to federal environmental legislation.

Professional & Community Affiliations


William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court

Trustee and Prior Chair

Labor & Employment Section

King County Bar Association


Member and Prior Chair

Planning Committee

Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference



Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

Bring Your “A” Game: Arbitration Agreements with Class Waivers

Seattle, WA

May 31, 2018


Seattle, WA

February 27, 2014

Damages Issues in Employment Law Litigation

18th Annual Employment Law Institute - Washington State Bar Association

April 29, 2011


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2007With Honors
  • B.S., University of Utah, 2003summa cum laude

Bar Admission



  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • US District Court: Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington