Tom Campbell is a partner in Houston 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 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'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 led the federal assessment of the natural resource damage claim for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and after playing a key role in its negotiation, signed the $1 billion settlement. During his three years at NOAA, the agency entered into an additional $120 million of settlements for ecological restoration projects, up from just $500,000 in the years prior to his joining NOAA.
Under Mr. Campbell's guidance, Campbell, George & Strong pioneered the use of the three concepts: habitat equivalency analysis ("HEA"), net environmental benefits analysis ("NEBA") and ecosystem services, conceptualized during his tenure at NOAA. Through his efforts, these concepts have been incorporated into various regulatory regimes.
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 (2013-2015)
- Houston Business Journal, Who's Who in Energy (2014)
- Legal 500 US, Environmental Litigation (2008-2009, 2013)
- 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 State of Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of the State of Washington; U.S. Supreme Court
"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.