Tommy Beaudreau


  • Co-Chair, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice
  • Co-Chair, Native American Law Practice

Tommy Beaudreau is co-chair of WilmerHale’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and Native American Law Practices. Mr. Beaudreau focuses his practice on a broad range of areas including conventional and renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure projects; environmental regulatory, litigation and enforcement matters; crisis management and response; and Tribal matters. In addition, Mr. Beaudreau leads internal investigations and responses to government investigations and congressional oversight.

Mr. Beaudreau served in senior leadership roles in the United States Department of the Interior for nearly a decade across two administrations. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior after being confirmed by the US Senate in June 2021 by a vote of 88-9, reflecting his strong reputation as a bi-partisan problem solver. In this role, Mr. Beaudreau was point on the most pressing and high-profile matters before the Department, including energy development on public lands and waters, water infrastructure and delivery to address sustained drought in the American west, infrastructure permitting and critical minerals development, implementation of the historic investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, and a broad range of priorities relative to Indian Country.

Mr. Beaudreau previously served for nearly seven years at the Department of the Interior (DOI) during the Obama Administration, including as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and chief of staff for the Interior Department.

Deeply knowledgeable about energy and permitting matters, environmental laws and regulation, water rights and other natural resource issues, Mr. Beaudreau is also an authority on tribal issues and has worked with Tribal governments and Alaska Native Corporations on a range of matters. He is an experienced crisis manager who originally joined the federal government in 2010 to help lead DOI’s response and reforms during the Deepwater Horizon crisis. Mr. Beaudreau has decades of experience as a litigator and has led dozens of internal investigations and responses to regulatory investigations and enforcement matters and Congressional oversight matters. 

He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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  • Education

    • JD, Georgetown University, 1997

    • BA, Yale University, 1994

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • US District Court for the District of Columbia

    • US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • Government Experience

    • Department of the Interior

      United States Deputy Secretary
    • Department of the Interior

      Chief of Staff to the Secretary
    • Department of the Interior

      Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    • Department of the Interior

      Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management



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