Thomas G. Bost

Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California

Became Trustee

Church of Christ

Career Summary
Order of the Coif and Founder’s Medalist (First in Class) were just two of the honors Tom Bost received as a student at the Vanderbilt University Law School. He was the note editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and upon graduation served for a year as an assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt. Tom received the BS degree (summa cum laude) from Abilene Christian University.

Bost became associated with the Los Angeles office of Latham and Watkins in 1968 and was a partner in the firm from 1975 through 1999. During his career he has been a frequent lecturer on legal topics for numerous groups, including the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the University of Southern California Tax Institute, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the Tennessee Tax Institute, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the University of Texas Ethics Institute, the Christian Scholars’ Conference, and the Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools Conference.

Bost teaches Business Planning, Corporations, Taxation of Business Entities, Securities Regulation, and Ethical Corporate Practice at Pepperdine University School of Law. In 2009 he served as associate dean, academics. He is author of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: A Summary (National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 2003); “Reason, Freedom and Apocalyptic Vision: Churches of Christ and the Practice and Teaching of Law,” in Faith and Law: How Religious Traditions from Calvinism to Islam View American Law, ed. Robert F. Cochran Jr. (NYU Press, 2008); and a number of journal articles on corporate law.

Tom’s wife, Sheila (MFT), and daughter, Amy (MDiv), are graduates of Fuller.

Current Organizations
Elected Member American Law Institute
Member American Bar Association
American College of Tax Counsel
State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Board of Trustees Pacific Legal Foundation (chair, 2001–2002, 2009)
Elder Culver Palms Church of Christ
Past Organizations
Chairman Board of Regents, Pepperdine University (1980–2000)
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