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the Bar No. nd Beyond
WSBA No. 38751
Thomas J. Terence
Law School: South Texas College of Law
I became a lawyer
because I wanted to
be a voice for the little guy. This is the
trait I most admire
in my dad.
Before law school,
I taught Advanced
States History at an
My career has surprised me by the twists and turns it has taken.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is to ask lots of questions.
The most rewarding part of my job is knowing someone is slightly better off due to my help.
The worst part of my job is knowing there will always be bad
laws out there.
A funny story that happened to me while practicing: Due to a certain client’s noisy neighbors, I am now well-versed in Seattle
I wish that more lawyers would be a bit more modest.
If I could have tried one famous case, it would be Loving v. Vir-
ginia, since my parents were an interracial couple.
Since I graduated from law school, the legal profession has gone
paperless. It is not what I grew up with.
Successful attorneys are self-reflective.
The most memorable trip I ever took was to the Philippines to
visit my mom’s side of our family.
I look up to my dad.
I absolutely can’t live without my Kindle.
If I took one day off in the middle of the week, I would volunteer
at my daughter’s school.
I want to try swimming.
If I could do something over, I would have learned many languages when I was a kid.
My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is West Seattle.
Nobody would ever suspect that I was in ROTC.
I care about animals.
I regret not keeping in contact with people better.
Aside from my career, I am most proud of this: Being a decent dad.
I give back to my community by doing some pro bono work,
teaching Sunday school, and volunteering at a local senior
This is on my bucket list: Visit Japan.
I vote in every election.
My greatest fear is heights.
My worst habit is over-thinking issues that just need to be
I am thankful that I am getting to be a resource for my community.
My favorite band/musical artist is Explosions in the Sky.
My first car was some 10-year-old Ford.
If $100,000 fell into my lap, I would go on a vacation around the
world with my family.
If I could get free tickets to any event, I would go to the World
You should give this a try: Authentic Filipino food.
My all-time favorite TV show is Friday Night Lights.
My dream trip would be to outer space.
My hero is Harry Truman.
If I have learned one thing in life, it is things are never settled for
My name is THOMAS TERENCE and I work with my
sister at our firm, Terence and Terence. We do estate
planning and small business incorporations. I am a
native of Houston. I can be reached at thomas.terence@