Tom Donnelly has practiced environmental and insurance coverage law for more than 28 years. He represents clients in environmental litigation and administrative proceedings, provides environmental compliance counseling and due diligence/transactional support, and assists clients in securing coverage from their insurers. Tom's clients have included high-tech, aerospace, energy, oil and gas, and metals and mining companies; auto manufacturers; utilities; equipment and consumer product manufacturers; food companies; 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 Appeals, and California trial and appellate courts.
Tom's recent representations include: Chevron, Fluor, and Wells Fargo in environmental litigation matters; Lennar, Gruma (food company), and equipment and consumer product manufacturers in Proposition 65 lawsuits; Firestone Building Products and Procter & Gamble in regulatory enforcement matters; Aerojet Rocketdyne (aerospace), Kyocera (semiconductor), Nvidia (visual computing), SanDisk (data storage), Scotts (fertilizers and pesticides), and Toyota in environmental compliance matters; Sutter Home Winery in securing environmental permits for a new winery; oil and gas companies in climate change compliance matters; and banks and private equity firms in environmental due diligence related to real property and business transactions. For PG&E, after a seven-week jury trial, Tom secured a verdict that a policy issued by AIG covered PG&E for property damage claims totaling $24 million.
Tom is listed in Chambers USA as one of the leading environmental attorneys in the state of California, and he has been recognized as a leading environmental attorney by several other trade publications.
Chevron defends against lawsuit relating to accidental fire at California refinery
Fluor Corporation defends against RCRA and Clean Water Act citizen suit in California
Lennar successfully resolves California Proposition 65 lawsuit involving alleged environmental exposure to naturally-occurring asbestos
Honors & Distinctions
Chambers USA, leading environmental lawyer in California (2008 through 2016)
Legal 500 US, recommended in environmental litigation (2013 through 2015)
Best Lawyers in America, environmental litigation (2011 through 2016)