Thomas (Tom) Jensen provides strategic regulatory counsel, litigation support and legislative advocacy to clients in the environment, energy and natural resources sectors. With considerable experience in and deep knowledge of environmental and resources law, Tom delivers sophisticated counsel to clients involved with energy and water pipelines, electric transmission projects, transportation facilities, hydropower and other energy generation assets, and other capital-intensive infrastructure projects. Tom currently serves as lead outside regulatory and litigation counsel to a major interstate natural gas pipeline project and recently led the successful permitting and siting effort for a 500 kV interstate electric transmission project.
A nationally recognized practitioner of natural resources and environmental law, Tom advises clients throughout the business, government and nonprofit sectors, reflecting his credentials not only in the legal industry, but also in the public sector. He served as the majority counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and was the associate director for natural resources on the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He has also written numerous pieces of legislation that have been enacted into federal law and has published and lectured widely in the field.
Developers of innovative, challenging energy projects and new environmental initiatives seek out Tom’s guidance for his insight into protected natural and cultural resources, public lands and marine areas, takings law and the National Environmental Policy Act. A key player in helping clients develop and defend their project strategies, Tom leads teams involved in siting, property and right-of-way acquisition, federal, state, tribal and local permitting, settlement negotiations and litigation.
Tom speaks frequently on environmental issues, from protected species mitigation to siting strategy, water development, water quality, climate adaptation and marine energy development. He also writes and speaks on conservation of at-risk wildlife and western range lands.