Tom Donnelly has practiced environmental law for more than 30 years. He represents clients in environmental litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings, assists clients in securing permits and other regulatory approvals for their operations and projects, provides compliance counseling and due diligence/transactional support, and secures insurance defense and indemnity.
Tom's clients have included energy, oil and gas, and mining companies; technology companies; aerospace, engineering, and construction companies; automotive, equipment, and consumer product manufacturers; retailers; financial institutions; and real property owners and developers. He has appeared in all federal district courts in California, the Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and California trial and appellate courts.
Tom's recent representations include: Chevron, Fluor, Owens Corning, and Wells Fargo in CERCLA, RCRA, and CWA litigation matters (including citizen lawsuits); natural resource companies in managing major environmental incidents (including defending against lawsuits filed in multiple jurisdictions); product manufacturers in Prop 65 lawsuits; Firestone, Procter & Gamble, and Toyota in regulatory enforcement matters (including CARB proceedings); GenOn Holdings and Sutter Home in securing regulatory approvals and permits for new and expanded operations (including defeating CEQA lawsuits challenging the regulatory approvals); Aerojet Rocketdyne (aerospace), Kyocera (semiconductor), and Scotts in environmental compliance matters; oil and gas, power generators, and utilities in climate change and ESG matters; and banks and private equity firms in environmental due diligence for real property and other transactions. For PG&E, after a seven-week jury trial, Tom secured a verdict that a policy issued by AIG covered PG&E for wildfire property damage totaling $24 million.
EPA is Seeking Comment on Potential Designations of Additional PFAS as Hazardous Substances Under CERCLA
- June 6, 2013
Jones Day Chicago 2013 MCLE University
- January 26, 2011
New Restrictions on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Jones Day Silicon Valley (Presentation slides)
- November 9, 2010 and November 17, 2010
Beyond Cap and Trade: Climate Change Regulation Under the Clean Air Act Arrives
- June 8, 2010
EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Rule for Facilities: Climate Change Regulation Via the Clean Air Act
- September 17, 2008
Climate Change Litigation and Corporate Risk: Navigating in an Uncertain Climate
- Harvard University (J.D. 1988); Tufts University (B.A. in Political Science and History summa cum laude 1985)
- California, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and U.S. Supreme Court
Chambers USA, leading environmental lawyer in California (since 2008)
Legal 500 US, recommended in environmental litigation (since 2013)
Best Lawyers in America, environmental litigation (since 2011)