Timothy Swickard



Timothy Swickard is a partner in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and serves his clients in all aspects of his nationwide practice of Government Regulatory Compliance, Transportation and serves as the 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 focuses on federal, state, and local government relations for permitting and licensure, regulatory due diligence and compliance, and government enforcement defense and litigation in the legal practice areas of environmental, transportation, real estate development and energy development law. Mr. Swickard’s undergraduate major at University of California, Davis was Biochemistry, providing him with an extensive substantive hard science and chemistry background to apply to the technical environmental, engineering, laboratory analysis, and consumer product issues that arise in his practice.

Mr. Swickard recently provided the lead real estate transactional and environmental counsel for the $285 million dollar sale of the AAA Asphalt Plant to the City of Irvine, and provided government regulatory compliance counsel to FedEx Ground and Knight-Swift Trucking and provided enforcement defense counsel for dual Notices of Violation from the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission for a U.S. Ceiling fan importer from China faced initially with over $27 million dollars of fines and penalties, and secured all of the Permits and the Power Purchase Contract for a 1 MW geothermal electrical generation plant.

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.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation
  • Environment, Land, & Natural Resources Law
  • Government Affairs & Public Policy
  • Transportation

Additional Experience




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.