Tom Pack has a career of breaking down barriers. The Cherokee Nation member graduated from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, before making a big jump to Stanford Law School.
Pack followed his husband — who landed a medical residency at the University of Minnesota — to the Twin Cities more than two years ago after working as an attorney in San Francisco. At Minneapolis-based Maslon LLP he focuses on product liability and business matters.
Serving as counsel to medical device companies is rewarding because the cases are complex and the work important, he said.
“What I like about the work is that these products improve and save people’s lives,” Pack said. “I get to work with companies doing good things in the world.”
Pack likes to talk about his pro bono work, especially his work a few years ago overturning state-level bans on gay marriage in Virginia and California. Locally he’s working with three LGBTQ asylum seekers, serving on the board of a trans youth nonprofit in St. Paul and on his firm’s diversity and inclusion committee.
“When I was at Stanford it became clear to me being a gay American Indian from a fairly modest background in Oklahoma was not the face of law firms in this country,” Pack said. “Since then I’ve been passionate about helping attract and retain diverse attorneys.”