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Thomas M. Donnelly - San Francisco, CA

555 California Street26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104

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Updated: 11/15/2013

San Francisco Environmental, Health & Safety Lawyer


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)


Bar Admissions

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


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


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


555 California Street26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104


  • (415) 875-5700


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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

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