I routinely advise public and private clients on complex environmental disputes involving administrative law, public policy, and litigation ranging from large superfund cases to climate change and air quality matters. I am adept at deeply understanding not only the law, but the factual, technical and economic issues. This approach enables me to effectively advocate for and secure strong and durable outcomes for my clients. I work to develop collaborative solutions where possible by finding common ground but without compromising the goals and objectives of my client.
For nearly 30 years, Tom has successfully represented his clients on major Superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and other contamination cases, brownfields, liability risk transfers, energy issues, climate policy, ozone and regional haze rulemakings, and oil and gas matters. He has deep experience advising clients on environmental remediation projects that deploy municipal drinking water extraction systems as to remediation groundwater contamination plumes, including cost recovery, grant funding, permitting and compliance with agency orders. He routinely negotiates and drafts consent decrees, environmental cleanup documents, and other environmental settlements. Throughout his career, Tom has advised clients on emerging contaminants, including PFAS, perchlorate, 1,4-dioxane, hexavalent chromium and other solvents.
Tom has played a pivotal role representing clients in some of the most significant air quality and climate change rulemakings in Colorado. These accomplishments include the first statewide rules to control methane from oil and gas operations which became a model for other states and EPA; numerous other oil and gas rulemakings, the groundbreaking Clean Air Clean Jobs Act rulemakings that integrated energy planning and environmental regulation to address regional haze, climate change and public health; the Colorado Regional Haze and Ozone State Implementation Plans; the state’s adoption of low emission and zero emission vehicle standards; performance standards for oil and gas production facilities; and climate standards for industrial and manufacturing facilities.
Representative clients include industrial and public entities, counties, cities and towns, utilities, the state of California, and several California state agencies.
Prior to joining Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, Tom served as an attorney with two other law firms and as an Associate Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in San Francisco. While at EPA, Tom litigated and resolved some of the most significant, high profile CERCLA cases in the region.