Tom Campbell is the managing partner of the Houston office and the leader of the law firm's Crisis Management team. Mr. Campbell counsels U.S. and multinational corporations facing catastrophic financial and reputational loss or losses associated with a crisis. Typically, these matters require a multidisciplinary response involving a public relations, government relations and litigation.
Mr. Campbell's global perspective and emphasis on strategic planning and policy are reflective of his experience in Washington, D.C. as the former General Counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There he played a key role in the United States government’s response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill crisis. He also led the federal assessment of the natural resource damage claim for that spill, and after playing a key role in its negotiation, signed the $1 billion settlement.
Mr. Campbell specializes in representing foreign clients with significant regulatory problems in the United States. Mr. Campbell’s extensive regulatory work experience includes advising on a matter involving a major fertilizer manufacturer, largely owned by a foreign conglomerate, overcome political and financial crisis resulting from U.S. state government blocking financing and erection of their new plant due to securitization and globalization concerns. Other significant representation includes serving as the multidisciplinary crisis management team leader that advised a 10% leaseholder of the Macondo well on a billion dollar settlement related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Campbell also served as a client team leader for Teck Metals in a "historic" cross-border contamination case involving claims of discharges in Canada affecting the Columbia River in the U.S..
Mr. Campbell has experience testifying before Congressional committees and participating in White House and cabinet-level briefings. Mr. Campbell's articles have appeared in several law, economic and technical publications. Mr. Campbell joined the firm in May 2005 following his work as a partner with Campbell, George & Strong, LLP.
- Best Lawyer in America, Environmental Law (2013-2017)
- Legal 500 US, Environmental Litigation (2008-2009, 2013)
- Houston Business Journal, Who's Who in Energy (2014-2015)
- PLC Which Lawyer?, Environment—Houston (2007-2012)
State Bar of Texas; Houston Bar Association; State Bar of Virginia; District of Columbia Bar; American Bar Association
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit of the Commonwealth of Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of the State of Washington; U.S. Supreme Court
Speaker, “The Evolution of Natural Resource Damages Claims from Inception to the Deepwater Horizon,” University of Houston Law Center’s Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Lecture Series for Spring 2016, Houston, Texas, April 28, 2016.
Speaker, “Implementing the Texas Coastal Exchange,” SSPEED conference at Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 26 – 27, 2016.
“Deploy a Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) in Offshore Decommission,” 8th Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit 2016, Houston, Texas, February 24, 2016.
“Catastrophic Dilemmas – Practical and Legal Responses,” The Corporate Crisis Management Forum: What to Do When The Worst Happens, Dallas, Texas, February 2016.
Panelist, “Development Hypothetical: A Bird in Hand is Worth Two in the Bush,” 27th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference, August 7, 2015.
"Bringing Sound Technical Principles to Fruition within Legal and Administrative Regimes,” DecomWorld’s 7th Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit 2015, March 19, 2015, Houston, TX.
Panelist, "Principles of Crisis Management from a Legal Perspective", webinar, March 3, 2015.
“Crisis Management: Dealing with a Cyber-attack” Presentation to the American Petroleum Institute, Fall Law Committee Meeting, October 3, 2014, Washington, DC.
Co-Moderator, “Crisis Management/Disaster Preparedness,” Corporate Counsel’s 25th Annual General Counsel Conference, June 5, 2013, New York, NY.