William L. Thomas is counsel and Chair of the firm's Environment, Health & Safety Practice Group. Bill advises companies, financiers, developers and other enterprises on environmental law matters, including transactions, projects, and formulation of management and legal compliance strategy. He also handles litigation and disputes involving environmental, health and safety concerns, as well as climate change and other matters of international environmental law and policy.
Bill regularly counsels clients on matters with a foreign or global environmental dimension, including risks and opportunities arising under regional and international environmental agreements, emerging EHS legal regimes and related international standards and codes of conduct, and legal aspects of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Bill is highly regarded in the area of climate change, including climate law and policy and carbon finance. Specific experience in this emerging field includes: conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) due diligence, applying carbon and other environmental standards and drafting and negotiating related provisions in transactional and financing documents in connection with mergers, acquisitions, financing of projects and other ventures. He also advises clients on international, federal and state GHG regimes and initiatives and counsels companies, utilities and financiers on emissions trading activities, GHG emission reduction projects, voluntary carbon market issues and matters of carbon strategy and governance, including policies, management systems, disclosure and offsetting efforts.
Chambers USA (2017) and Chambers Global (2017) rank Bill nationally among the leading individuals practicing in the areas of Environmental Law (Transactional) and Climate Change. He has also been recognized for his experience in these areas in The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers and PLC 's Which Lawyer? Handbook, and Super Lawyers (DC). Additionally, he has been honored with election as a Fellow in both the American College of Environmental Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation.