Tom Milch has taken a lead role in many high-visibility environmental cleanups and disputes. For example, he served as one of the lead outside counsel to BP in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mr. Milch also has extensive experience on major transactions that involve difficult environmental and other regulatory issues. The breadth and depth of his practice over many years have earned him a national reputation, and he has been consistently ranked by Chambers USA and other prominent publications as a leader in the environmental field. In recent years, Mr. Milch has also taken a lead role on non-environmental government investigations and public policy issues.

He also is the former Chair of the firm – a position he held for nine years. Recognizing his contribution to the firm's performance, the National Law Journal named Mr. Milch to its Washington, DC list of "Visionaries" in 2011.

Mr. Milch presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, and he has previously served on the Board of Directors of Wildlife Trust International and RESOLVE, Inc. He has had an active pro bono practice, primarily in the areas of the environment and human rights.


  • BP, as lead environmental counsel with respect to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the most complicated, multi-party legal proceedings in the history of environmental law. Served on BP's Legal Steering Committee for the oil spill.
  • Honeywell, as lead counsel assisting on a range of environmental issues, including transactions, major cleanups (e.g., Onondaga Lake in New York State) and litigation (e.g., New Jersey chromium litigation).
  • Texas Pacific Group, as environmental counsel on numerous corporate transactions.
  • Atlantic Richfield Company, as lead counsel on contaminated sites in New York, Utah, and Georgia.


Best Lawyers
Environmental Law (2007-2019)
The Legal 500 US
Environment: Litigation (2014-2018)
Environment: Regulatory (2016)
Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort (2015)
Chambers USA
Environment (DC) (2006-2018)


  • JD, Yale Law School
  • BA, Yale University, summa cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • Served on the Board of RESOLVE, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to alternative dispute resolution in the environmental field

  • Served as a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Environmental Law (1996-1998)

  • Served as Chairman, American Bar Association's Special Committee on Environmental Litigation Techniques (SONREEL) (1991-1994)

  • Served on Board of Directors, Environmental Law Institute (present and 1992-1998)

  • Served on the Board of Directors, Wildlife Trust International, an international conservation group committed to biodiversity protection (1998-2004)


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