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Lewis Brisbois Welcomes Timothy Swickard Back to Firm As Vice-Chair of Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice

Sacramento, Calif. (November 28, 2023) - Lewis Brisbois is pleased to welcome Timothy Swickard back to the firm as a partner in its Sacramento office, a vice-chair of its Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice, as well as a member of its Environment, Land, & Natural Resources Law and Government Affairs & Public Policy Practices. Mr. Swickard has more than 23 years of legal experience, including serving as the director and chief counsel for the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He currently focuses his practice on federal, state, and local government relations for permitting and licensure, regulatory due diligence, as well as compliance and government enforcement litigation. His practice includes matters involving environmental, real estate development, energy development, and transportation law issues. Mr. Swickard previously served as a partner in Lewis Brisbois’ Sacramento office between 2012 and 2018, before practicing with Greenberg Traurig over the last five years.  

In discussing his decision to rejoin Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Swickard explained, “The number one thing I enjoy about Lewis Brisbois is its entrepreneurial spirit. The firm encourages and supports lawyers in their business development and client development pursuits.” He further described that in returning to Lewis Brisbois, he is looking forward to “helping businesses and individuals navigate the difficult federal, state, and local regulatory climate and pave a way to their goals in the most expeditious way possible.” 

Sacramento Managing Partner John Poulos expressed enthusiasm regarding Mr. Swickard’s return, noting, “We are extremely happy that Tim has returned to Lewis Brisbois. Tim is one of the finest environmental lawyers in the state and is an even better person and colleague.” 

Likewise, Chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Environment, Land, & Natural Resources Law Practice Jane C. Luxton explained, “Tim’s broad experience will enhance the already high level of services we provide to clients in the toxic tort, environmental, and government affairs spaces. We are happy to have him on board and we look forward to his contributions.”  

In addition, Sacramento Partner Joseph A. Salazar, Jr. noted, “It is great to have Tim back in the Sacramento office. He is a talented attorney with an impressive track record, and our clients will benefit from his presence at Lewis Brisbois. I'm thrilled to have Tim back.”

Mr. Swickard earned his law degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. He is admitted to practice in California.  

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