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Hilary Tompkins

Hilary Tompkins

Tompkins (Diné) is a partner in the Global Regulatory group at Hogan Lovells. As Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior, she led the Cobell tribal trust litigation settlement, developed legal reforms following Deepwater Horizon, successfully defended the first renewables on public lands, and resolved complex disputes under various statutes including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. She is well-versed in Indian gaming, treaty rights, tribal trust land, water rights, and tribal sovereign immunity and has experience advancing economic development projects in Indian Country.

Tompkins began her legal career as an honors program trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She has also served as chief legal counsel to former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York.

Tompkins is an Alumni Trustee for Dartmouth College, a member of Environmental Law Institute’s board of directors, The National Judicial College’s Tribal Advisory Board, National Tribal Air Association’s Policy Advisory Committee, and a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. In addition to her Stanford degree, Tompkins has a bachelor’s degree and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Dartmouth College.

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