Hunton & Williams LLP continues its West Coast expansion with the arrival of J. Tom Boer in San Francisco as a partner with the firm’s environmental practice. Boer, whose practice focuses on complex environmental law and litigation, has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of environmental litigation, enforcement defense and counseling matters.

“Tom possesses the hybrid professional background of government service and private practice that is important to our practice and in extending our profile on the West Coast. We welcome him to the firm,” says William L. Wehrum, head of the firm’s administrative law group and chair of its environmental team.

Boer began his legal career in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel before moving to the Department of Justice, where he served as a trial attorney in its Environmental Enforcement Section in both Washington and San Francisco. He joins Hunton & Williams after eight years with the San Francisco boutique environmental law firm Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP, which he joined following his time with the government.

A prolific writer and speaker on environmental issues, Boer will be a panelist at the firm’s Nov. 3 “Insights into EPA” seminar with EPA General Counsel Avi Garbow and other key EPA officials to discuss environmental enforcement trends and developments.

Boer received an undergraduate degree from Occidental College and law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

With cases involving air toxins and new source greenhouse gas regulation recently before the US Supreme Court, Hunton & Williams is on the front lines of environmental issues and has more than 50 lawyers devoted to air, water, natural resources, waste and other related matters. The group advises clients at all stages of environmental issues, from initial legislative and policy development, through implementation, compliance and court challenges. The practice has been designated an Environmental Practice Group of the Year by Law360 for five consecutive years.


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