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Tommy Beaudreau is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. He has extensive experience in conventional and renewable energy, environmental litigation, crisis management, internal investigations and financial industry regulation.

Mr. Beaudreau joined Latham’s Washington, D.C. office after serving six and a half years in the United States Department of the Interior, including as the first Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), as Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and most recently as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s Chief of Staff.

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Partner

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Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

Clients rely on Latham & Watkins LLP because the lawyers are ‘uniformly excellent and extremely knowledgeable and seasoned’ in all areas of environmental litigation, including climate change, air quality, toxic tort, water quality, insurance coverage, policyholder disputes, and energy and natural resources projects. The firm is assisting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in an important water rights case filed against the State of Georgia seeking an equitable apportionment of waters to remedy environmental, ecological, and economic harms caused by over-consumption of water by the defendant in the Chattahoochee and Flint River basins. In another highlight, it is acting as counsel to Weyerhaeuser in seven putative class actions relating to the client’s sale of joists coated with a formaldehyde-based resin formulation. In San Diego, Robert Howard chairs the environment, land and resources department, and Kelly Richardson is noted for his chemical engineering background and ability to ‘see the big picture’. ‘TerrificKegan Brown is recommended in New York, as is chair of the office’s environment, land and resources department, Gary Gengel, who leads ‘disparate groups from chaos to cooperation to success’. In Chicago, Mary Rose Alexander is global environment litigation practice chair and Robin M. Hulshizer and Thomas Heiden are other notable practitioners. Washington DC-based key contacts include Janice Schneider, Tommy Beaudreau, Steven Croley, Joel BeauvaisJulia Hatcher, and Robert Wyman, the last of whom divides his time between Washington DC and Los Angeles. Andrea Hogan left the firm in February 2019 to become senior counsel of the environmental and safety law group at Chevron.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: regulatory

Latham & Watkins LLP is valued for its ‘excellent depth of experience’ and its focus on ‘listening to what the client needs rather than over-reaching with its own agenda’. The sizeable team advises on issues such as hazardous substances and property contamination, climate change, toxic tort, and product liability in the context of transactional diligence, permitting, regulatory compliance, agency rule-making and legislation, and enforcement actions for high-profile clients. The firm is acting as lead counsel to FivePoint Holdings and Newhall Land & Farming Company in relation to the Newhall Ranch development, a masterplanned climate neutral city in southern California integrating a greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy designed by the firm, which allows the project to obtain regulatory and judicial approval and compliance with other state and federal laws. The firm is also retained by Monsanto with regards to numerous environmental law matters including the Endangered Species Act, the Plant Protection Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act; the team also represents the client and before the Department of Agriculture, the EPA, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The ‘phenomenally well respected and very smart and accomplishedJanice M. Schneider rejoined the Washington DC office as global vice-chair of the environment, land and resources department after almost three years as assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Los Angeles-based Robert Wyman is another highly regarded practitioner. San Diego-based Kelly Richardson is ‘awesome‘; ‘he sees the big picture, knows where the client wants to end up, and maps out a strategy to get there’. In New York, Kegan Brown and co-chair of the environmental regulation and transactions practice Gary Gengel are ‘top of the line, consummate professionals’. Also in Washington DC, Stacey L. VanBelleghem and Tommy P. Beaudreau (former chief of staff at the DOI) are also recommended.