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Tom E. Lindley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Perkins Coie LLP

An environmental law counselor and litigator known for his innovative strategies that turn around clients' seemingly intractable problems, Tom Lindley assists clients throughout the United States with project development and complex environmental matters.  He defends clients facing enforcement actions, advises on audits, conducts due diligence, and manages the investigation of civil and potentially criminal matters.  Areas of Tom's client counsel also include chemical weapons, contaminated properties, oil spills, permits for air, water and waste, endangered species, greenhouse gases/climate change, and underground coal gasification (UCG).

Recently, Tom has been advising on ecosystems and natural resources damages (NRD) assessments and credit banking.  His background touches nearly every environmental concern, from CERCLA (Superfund) investigations, remediation and cost-recovery litigation to compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and Clean Air Act (CAA). 

During his more than 30 years of practice in the environmental arena, Tom has earned a reputation as a pioneer of fair and elegant solutions, a builder of productive relationships with agencies and vested parties, and a staunch advocate for clients.  Under Tom's leadership of the firm's Environment, Energy & Resources practice, the team has earned top-tier national recognition from Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. 

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Environmental & Natural Resources Section Award, Oregon State Bar, 2012
  • Environmental Excellence Award, Associated Oregon Industries for "innovative solutions to seemingly intractable environmental problems," 2005
  • Listed in Chambers USA "Leading Lawyers: Environment" (Band 1), 2006 - present
  • Listed in Lawdragon magazine as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in the United States," 2005, and among the top U.S. lawyers, 2006 - present
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers, 2006 - present
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers: Environment, 2009 - present
  • Peer Review Rated AV® in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected and attended Kellogg School of Management Strategic Leadership Program, 2012

Client Comments

  • "Tom has been more than our attorney -- he has been a valuable advisor to us as we navigated some difficult waters. His degree of preparation and his ability to anticipate, together, have served us tremendously well. I don't know if we would have achieved what we have without him."


  • "Tom is a highly skilled, highly detailed, very experienced lawyer who has the rare ability to also see the forest along with the trees. While he charges the not cheap going rate (you get what you pay for), his vast knowledge and insight allow him to quickly grasp complicated matters and efficiently provide the required legal advice necessary to navigate the complex world of Environmental Law. You can pay less, but it will likely take longer to resolve matters, and if the advice is not right, it can cost you big time in the future. My only reluctance in giving this good review is the fear that Tom will become too busy to handle our future needs. You cannot go wrong with Tom Lindley on your team."

    Elaina Jackson
    Chief Operating Officer
    Pacific Wood Preserving Co.

  • "Tom is one of the best environmental attorneys that I have worked with. He is extremely experienced, easy to work with, timely in responding, effective with others, clear in his communications, etc. He is very respected amongst his peers for his integrity, work ethic, and skill at developing strategies. He has the ability to quickly grasp the significant legal issues and facts in any given case and then develop the most effective strategy to protect and promote his clients' interest. "

    Charles Logue
    Director, Regulatory Affairs
    Clean Water Services

  • "Mr. Lindley has been an extremely effective advocate for the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. He has both the personal knowledge and the resources to provide top quality support to the project. He is always responsive to our needs, no matter when an issue arises. He also has the capability to see the bigger picture in issues and provide recommendations that have a balance between being tactical and strategic."

    Doug Hamrick
    Project General Manager
    Washington Group International

  • "Tom provides excellent and concise advice in a timely manner."

    Kathryn Silva
    General Counsel
    Zidell Companies

  • "Tom has always been very professional, timely, informative, and helpful. His knowledge of environmental issues is outstanding, and when he doesn't know the answer he is quick to point me in the right direction to ensure my needs are met. I appreciate his candor and thorough coverage of topics."

    Kimberly Howard
    General Manager
    Owens Corning

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1120 Northwest Couch Street, 10th Floor
Portland, OR 97209-4128
Phone: 503-727-2032
Firm Phone: 503-727-2000

Practice Areas

  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Counseling, Enforcement Defense, Environmental Crimes, Litigation, Plaintiffs/Citizen's Suits, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation)
  • Litigation - Environmental

Lawyer of the Year


  • University of Illinois (BA) (1970)
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D.) (1977)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association