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Tom Waldo

Title: Staff Attorney

Bar Admissions: AK


Tom Waldo is the senior staff attorney in the Alaska office. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981 and Stanford Law School in 1987. Tom clerked for Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz in 1987–88. From 1988–89, he worked for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office as counsel to Department of Public Service. In 1989, Tom moved back to Alaska to join the Earthjustice team. He develops and litigates a variety of cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies to protect Alaska's public lands, wildlife, and air and water quality. Cases in his docket have included protection of roadless areas and old growth habitat in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, prevention of illegal disposals of state public domain lands, and protection of water bodies from acid mine drainage and other mining-related water pollution. Clients have included local and national environmental groups, tribal governments, tourism businesses, commercial and sport fishing organizations, and municipal governments. In 2009, Tom argued Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council—a case involving disposal of mine wastes under the Clean Water Act—in the U.S. Supreme Court.