Tom Campbell is the managing partner of Pillsbury's 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.