Skip to main content

Enter legal issue and location

Thomas M. Donnelly - San Francisco, CA

555 California Street26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104

Super Lawyers®

1

Updated: 11/15/2013

San Francisco Environmental, Health & Safety Lawyer

Overview

Tom Donnelly has practiced environmental and insurance coverage law for 25 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...

About Thomas M. Donnelly

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Government Regulation
  • Climate Change
  • Business and Tort Litigation (USA)
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Energy
  • Energy / Utilities
  • Energy Environmental
  • Environmental Compliance Counseling
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Metals & Mining
  • Product Liability Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Aerojet-General successfully challenges California city's efforts to order the placement of utility switching station and other structures on property remediated for future residential and commercial development (2009)
  • Almaden Properties challenges City of San Jose’s certification of Environmental Impact Report for shopping center construction (2012)
  • American Samoa Power Authority successfully defends against threatened federal EPA enforcement action related to alleged discharges of oily wastes into local harbor
  • BlackRock Realty Advisors files suit against United National Insurance seeking defense and indemnity under pollution insurance policy (2010)
  • Chevron defends against allegations of environmental damage from oil seeps off coast of Brazil (2012)
  • Confidential client conducts environmental due diligence for industrial plant closure and redevelopment of property (2010)
  • Confidential food and consumer product manufacturers resolve Proposition 65 "citizen group" lawsuits (2012)
  • Conservation organization receives assistance with its effort to preserve and protect forest lands and other open space (2009)
  • Firestone Building Products seeks product variance from California regulator to sell low-VOC bonding adhesive
  • Gruma resolves California lawsuit claiming that tortilla chips and other starchy products require Proposition 65 warning (2010)
  • Lennar defends against California Proposition 65 lawsuit involving alleged environmental exposure to naturally-occurring asbestos (2012)
  • Leprino Foods secures environmental regulatory agency approval of emission offsets for expansion of California cheese and whey production facility
  • NVIDIA receives assistance on environmental law matters
  • Oil and gas company develops contracts with suppliers and customers to ensure compliance with renewable and low carbon fuel requirements (2010)
  • Perfect Equipment resolves California Proposition 65 lawsuit involving wheel balancing weights
  • Procter & Gamble ensures environmental regulatory compliance (2010)
  • RBS Citizens leads sponsor financing for Dymatize Enterprises (2012)
  • Real estate investment company conducts environmental due diligence for purchase of former industrial property in California
  • SanDisk receives advice regarding real property transactions and environmental compliance (2012)
  • Sutter Home secures permit to expand Lodi, California winery over environmental group objections (2009)
  • U.S. Pre-Finished Metals Corp. resolves federal EPA civil penalty action regarding alleged improper handling and storage of hazardous waste
  • Wells Fargo Bank successfully resolves CERCLA cost recovery suit in California (2010)
  • Woodstream Corporation resolves California citizen group lawsuit asserting Proposition 65 claims (2010)

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988
    J.D.
  • Tufts University, 1985
    B.A.
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Major: Political Science
    Major: History

Articles

Published Works

  • The Climate Report, 2012
  • The Climate Report, 2012
  • The Climate Report, 2012
  • 2011 Rountable Series: Environmental Law, California Lawyer, 2011
  • The Climate Report, 2011
  • Cap-and-Trade in California Is Imminent, 2011
  • CARB Releases Modified Cap-and-Trade Regulations for Final Approval, 2011
  • The Climate Report, 2011
  • The Climate Report, 2011
  • EPA Proposes Hazardous Air Pollutant Emission Limits for Electric Generating Units, 2011
  • California Superior Court Enjoins California's Cap and Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 2011
  • Regulation of Chemicals in Consumer Products, 2011
  • California Adopts Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, The Environmental Counselor, 2011
  • The Climate Report, 2011
  • California Adopts Cap and Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 2011
  • The Climate Report, 2010
  • The Climate Report, 2010
  • Climate Change Regulation Via the Clean Air Act: EPA's New Greenhouse Gas Rule for Facilities, 2010
  • The Climate Report, 2010
  • EPA Proposes to Add Oil and Natural Gas, Carbon Sequestration, and Fluorinated Gas-Emitting Facilities to Greenhouse Gas Reporting System, 2010
  • EPA Delays Greenhouse Gas Permits for Manufacturing Plants, 2010
  • Overview of California's Preliminary Draft Cap and Trade Program, 2010
  • The Climate Report, 2010
  • The Climate Report, 2009
  • The Climate Report, 2009
  • California Still Leading the Way in Environmental Regulation, Practice Perspectives: Environmental, Health & Safety, 2009
  • Policy Holders in Environmental Cleanup Actions are Potentially Entitled to Multiple Policy Limits; Multiple Causes of Loss are Not a Basis to Deny Coverage, 2009
  • California's Global Warming Solutions Act: Creating a Haze of Uncertainty for Business, 2008
  • The Fall-Out From Cooper v. Aviall, Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2005

Office Information

Address

555 California Street26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104

Fax

  • (415) 875-5700

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Thomas M. Donnelly

Included on the 2021 Northern California list


Past Lists

  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Thomas M. Donnelly on Super Lawyers

When viewing a listing, consider the state advertising restrictions to which lawyers and law firms must adhere, as well as our FindLaw.com Legal Directory disclaimer. Some lawyers publish comparative information regarding the services that they provide which may be subject to specific comparative communications restrictions.

Write Your Review

Fields marked with an * are required

1. Rating

Overall rating

How would you rate your overall experience with this lawyer?

Use the up and down arrows to increase or decrease the rating

Please Rate
Optional ratings
Value
Please Rate
Quality Of Service
Please Rate
Professional Competence
Please Rate

2. Review

Please share your opinion of working with this attorney. Do not reveal personal information or details about your case. All submitted reviews are shared with the attorney prior to publishing.

Your feedback must be at least 50 characters.Your review must be at least 50 characters
I would recommend this attorney to friends and family:

3. Verification

Keep my name anonymous from public view:
Please choose one

Please confirm you are not a robot

By submitting this form you agree to receive email communications from FindLaw related to the management of your review.

Privacy Statement Contact Lawyer FAQ

Map Location

Google Map

How do I choose a lawyer?

Consider the following:

Comfort Level
- Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?

Credentials
- How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?

Cost
- How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?

City
- Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?

Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?

Here are a few to get you started:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How many cases like mine have you handled?
  • How often do you settle cases out of court?
  • What are your fees and costs?
  • What are the next steps?

Want to check lawyer discipline?

It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:

  • Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
  • Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
  • Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.

Find a Lawyer

More Options