Tommy A. Brooks


Tommy A. Brooks

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Education

University of Georgia, B.S. Forest Resources, magna cum laude

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif

Ocean and Coastal Law Certificate

Recognition

Tommy's peers have selected him for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers as a Rising Star

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State and Federal Courts

Washington State and Federal Courts

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Professional Experience

Tommy Brooks' practice focuses on municipal law, including land use, energy law, and other regulatory issues.  His municipal experience spans more than a decade.  Prior to attending law school, he worked in the Office of the Mayor in Portland, Oregon, for four years where he served as the mayor's policy aide for planning, utility, environment and economic issues.

Since joining Cable Huston in 2007, Mr. Brooks has assisted in the representation of public and private entities in all types of land use regulatory matters, including issues related to land use permitting, zoning, interpretation of statutes and rules, and commenting on proposed statutory or rule changes.  He specializes in the administrative review of land use decisions before the Land Use Board of Appeals.  He also has the rare experience of representing clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals relating to state land use matters.

Mr. Brooks also represents clients on all aspects of utility ratemaking.

Specifically, he represents large industrial gas customers that intervene in rate cases in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  He also serves as general corporate counsel for a small rate-regulated water company in Oregon, and helped to successfully defend a municipality's electric rates in Idaho.

While in law school, Mr. Brooks externed as a clerk for the Honorable Ann L. Aiken, U.S. District Court judge for the District of Oregon.  His research in school focused on the emergence of wave energy in Oregon.

Publications

Newman, David H.; Tommy A. Brooks and Coleman W. Dangerfield Jr., 2000. Conservation use valuation and land protection in Georgia.  Forest Policy and Economics.  1:257-266.

Community Activities

Mr. Brooks serves on the Board of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

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