Timothy Swickard


  • location icon Sacramento, CA
    2020 West El Camino Avenue
    Suite 700
    Sacramento, CA 95833

Timothy Swickard is a partner in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice. Mr. Swickard was the former Director and Chief Counsel for Cal/EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His law practice includes the representation of the recycling, environmental cleanup and transportation industry businesses, commercial and residential developers, Indian Nations, public agencies, and landowners in the areas of Federal and State environmental regulatory compliance and litigation, real estate development, land use entitlement, , environmental compliance, hazardous waste and water law.

Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004 as Chief Counsel of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (“Department”), Mr. Swickard oversaw the Department’s Office of Legal Counsel of 24 attorneys and numerous support staff, the Criminal Investigation Branch of 10 Peace Officers, as well as the Forensic Investigation, CEQA, and Regulations Units. In addition to providing ongoing legal advice to the Director and Department programs, Mr. Swickard initiated the Criminal Hazardous Waste Sting Unit targeting unlicensed transporters of hazardous waste, the Department’s Risk-Based Enforcement Initiative re-prioritizing enforcement resources to target violators posing the highest risk to public health and the environment, and the Mercury Lamp and E-Waste Compliance Enforcement Initiative. He also initiated the Department’s Nusiance Law Site Cleanup Regulations and the AB 389 Brownfields Remediation Program jointly with the State Water Resources Control Board to facilitate remediation and reuse of smaller low risk brownfields sites. During his tenure, Mr. Swickard also negotiated the final model Joint Consent Decree language between the State of California and the EPA. Governor Schwarzenegger later appointed Mr. Swickard to serve as the Director of the Department. As the Department’s Director, Mr. Swickard further implemented the initiatives discussed above.

Before commencing his legal practice, Mr. Swickard served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Edward C. Reed Jr., Senior Judge, United States District Court, District of Nevada, and for the Honorable Gregory G. Hollows, Chief Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, E.D. Cal.




University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude

  • Awarded Traynor Honor Society Award for Academic Excellence.

University of California, Davis

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management and Biochemistry

  • Received Regents Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence.

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