Tom Luce is known in the Texas business community as founding and managing partner of the Hughes and Luce law firm. His legal career centered on corporate law and commercial litigation, and he served as lead attorney on multibillion-dollar mergers and litigation.
He is known to the broader community because of his distinguished public service. It includes appointments to major state positions such as chief justice of the Supreme Court pro tempore as well as member of the Sunset Commission, the Superconducting Super Collider Commission and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute. He was also chief of staff of the Select Committee on Public Education.