Thomas M. Berliner is chair of the Duane Morris LLP Energy, Environment and Resources Practice Group. Mr. Berliner focuses his practice on water, energy, environmental and governmental/municipal law and also is chair of the firm's Water Resources and Renewable Energy and Sustainability practice groups. His practice includes advising public entities and private clients on all aspects of water supply, hydropower, energy development, renewable and sustainable energy practices, natural resources and environmental compliance and litigation. He also advises municipalities, special districts, private individuals and companies on municipal affairs and government procurement. Mr. Berliner represents clients before local, state and federal agencies on administrative, regulatory and legislative matters.
Prior to joining Duane Morris LLP in 1998, Mr. Berliner was the general counsel to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), where for nearly 20 years he advised the PUC and San Francisco's mayor and board of supervisors on matters pertaining to water and energy utilities and municipal affairs. He is a board member of the Water Education Association and a member of the Association of California Water Agencies, the Section of the Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association and The State Bar of California.
Mr. Berliner is a 1978 graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he was a founder of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Journal, and a graduate of the University of California at Davis.