Tommy Beaudreau is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, and Global Co-Chair of the Project Siting & Approvals Practice. He has extensive experience in conventional and renewable energy, environmental litigation, crisis management, internal investigations, and financial industry regulation.
Mr. Beaudreau joined Latham’s Washington, D.C. office after serving six and a half years in the United States Department of the Interior, including as the first Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), as Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and most recently as Chief of Staff for the Department.
Mr. Beaudreau joined the Interior Department in June 2010 to help manage a serious crisis and to assist in leading the Department's sweeping reforms of federal oversight of offshore oil and gas activity. From 2011-2014, Mr. Beaudreau served as the first Director of BOEM where he led the successful effort to stand up the United States’ offshore wind program, as well as oversaw the federal offshore oil and gas leasing program, which is a cornerstone of domestic energy production. At Interior, Mr. Beaudreau also oversaw energy development and conservation programs on public lands, including the siting of wind and solar projects; oil, gas, coal, and other mineral development; de-confliction and mitigation of impacts on environmental and wildlife resources; establishment of transmission, pipeline, and water infrastructure; addressing advocacy and opposition from environmental NGOs; and tribal consultations.
Before his time in leadership at the Department of the Interior, Mr. Beaudreau was a partner in an international law firm where his practice also focused on internal investigations for financial institutions, accounting firms, and government agencies; financial industry regulation and Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement matters; and a wide range of other criminal and civil litigation matters.
Mr. Beaudreau is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, where he provides thought leadership on a broad range of issues relating to conventional and renewable energy and infrastructure development on public lands and the offshore. Mr. Beaudreau was recognized as an “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in June 2017.
Mr. Beaudreau served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Jerome B. Friedman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.