Thomas Frederick Vandenburg

Thomas Frederick Vandenburg: Attorney with Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP


Tom Vandenburg is a partner in WSHB’s Glendale office, where his legal practice focuses on environmental, toxic tort and habitability litigation. In his 25 years practicing law, he has successfully handled numerous complex litigation matters throughout California and in the states of Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. Tom’s environmental practice includes high exposure multi-party CERCLA cases, Clean Water Act storm water litigation, claims brought under California’s Proposition 65, state law nuisance claims, and others. His toxic tort practice covers personal injury claims involving alleged occupational and environmental exposures to pesticides, soil fumigants, benzene, VOC’s, hexavalent chromium, metals, industrial solvents, asbestos, silica, and mold. His habitability practice includes the defense of multi-unit building owners, property managers and the owners and operators of mobile home parks.

Tom has served as trial counsel/lead attorney for many high profile clients, securing environmental, toxic tort and habitability solutions for those clients, including a major university system, numerous public entities, and many large agricultural companies, manufacturers and property owners. His most recent courtroom success was securing a $3.59 million judgment for an industrial heating client in a CERCLA cost recovery action. His experience also includes the successful defense of multiple actions for an international automotive manufacturer and the defense of numerous asbestos personal injury claims.

Events, Seminars & Presentations

“Vapor Intrusion - Regulatory Update, Technical Issues and Legal Implications” The National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, 23rd Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 22, 2016 (with Alborz Wozniak and Paul Nuti)

“Assessing the Roles of Regulation, Litigation, Management, and Environmental Advocacy in Protecting Groundwater Resources in the United States” Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2010 Research Conference, Paris, France, September 2, 2010 (with Donald Daniels and Robert Schultz)

“Green Chemistry: A New Paradigm Meant To Eliminate Hazardous Waste” CRC Care, CLEANUP 2009 - Third International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference, Adelaide, Australia, September 28, 2009

Trial & Appellate Results

Tom was co-lead trial attorney for Pentair in Pentair Thermal Management, LLC v. Rowe Industries, LLC, U.S.D.C., Northern District of California, Case No. 3:06-cv-07164 NC. In this case, Pentair brought suit under CERCLA for response costs for PCB contamination at an industrial site in Redwood City, California. After a Court trial in January 2013, the Court awarded $3.59 million to his client Pentair, finding that Rowe Industries was 100% responsible for the site contamination.

In Marsae Scott, et al. v. Lennar, et al., San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-08-274702, Tom was the lead attorney for Gordon Ball Construction. In this case, 18 plaintiffs filed toxic tort personal injury claims for injuries allegedly caused by grading activities at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. He obtained summary judgment for his client against all of the Plaintiffs’ claims, and this ruling was affirmed by the California Court of Appeal.


“Trends In Perc-Related Litigation in California” Hydrovisions, Groundwater Resources Association of California, Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring 2005)

“Considering California’s Green Chemistry Initiative” COBRA 2008 Conference Proceedings, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (September 2008)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Agricultural Law
  • Environmental
  • Mold and Water Damage
  • Property Management and Tenant Litigation
  • Toxic Tort and Occupational Exposure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(818) 551-6013  Phone
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; California; United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


California State Bar, Environmental Section (formerly elected member of the Executive Committee)

California State Bar, Litigation Section

Birth Information:
Fairfax, Virginia, October 27, 1966
Reported Cases:
Castaic Lake Water Agency v. Whittaker Corp., 272 F.Supp.2d 1053 (C.D. Cal. 2003).

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