Tom Donnelly has practiced environmental and insurance coverage law for more than 26 years. He represents clients in environmental litigation, toxic tort, and administrative proceedings; provides environmental compliance counseling and due diligence/transactional support; and assists clients in securing defense and indemnity from their liability insurers. Tom's environmental and insurance coverage 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 and Fluor in environmental litigation matters; Lennar, Gruma (food company), and various equipment and consumer product manufacturers in Proposition 65 lawsuits; Firestone Building Products in a regulatory enforcement matter; Nvidia (visual computing), Procter & Gamble, SanDisk (data storage), and Toyota in environmental compliance matters; Sutter Home Winery in securing environmental permits for a new winery; various oil and gas companies in climate change compliance matters; and Wells Fargo Bank in environmental due diligence related to real property transactions. For Pacific Gas & Electric Company, after a seven-week trial, Tom secured a verdict that a policy issued by AIG affiliates covered property damage claims (totaling $24 million) asserted against PG&E.
Tom is listed in Chambers USA as one of the leading environmental attorneys in the state of California and 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 2015) Legal 500 US, recommended in environmental litigation (2013 through 2015) Best Lawyers in America, environmental litigation (2011 through 2016)