Tom advises the firm and its clients in a range of strategic environmental legal matters. He has a proven track record in the areas of environmental litigation; the development of creative regulatory compliance strategies; and environmental mediation. His clients do business in a range of industries, including mining, agribusiness and energy.
Having served eight years in the Executive Office of the Governor of Idaho—most recently as the General Counsel and chief legal advisor to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter—Tom has a deep understanding of the regulatory process, interfacing with state and federal agencies to negotiate complex multi-year, multi-stakeholder initiatives – chief among those was the Idaho Roadless Rule an effort that Tom successfully defended in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also represented the Governor in several high-profile and significant environmental litigation matters in the capacities of both plaintiff and defense, including successfully overturning the legally flawed ESA listing of slickspot peppergrass.
In addition to his role in the Governor’s office, Tom also worked for a year as the Director of Air Quality at the National Mining Association in Washington, D.C., advising the trade association and its members on matters involving the Clean Air Act, with particular focus on the EPA’s administrative rules designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
During his tenure in Otter’s office, Tom served as Chair of the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Task Force, a group charged with developing a state management plan designed to conserve the species and maintain predictable levels of land use. He was also an Ex-officio member of the Governor’s Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission, providing recommendations to support and enhance the Idaho National Laboratory.
Tom works with all of the firm’s offices and is based in Boise, Idaho.