BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973
JD, Yale Law School, 1979
Timothy Backstrom spent some 25 years in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) working on pesticide, toxic substances, and air quality issues before coming to Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®). He offers an extraordinary understanding of how EPA operates, as well as established relationships with many key players at EPA. He brings substantial litigation experience in both federal courts and administrative adjudications. He served for many years as the OGC’s designated administrative law expert and, among many accomplishments, he headed the trial team when EPA intervened in a hearing concerning a request for an exemption from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the northern spotted owl.
Besides insider knowledge of EPA, Mr. Backstrom delivers an unusual depth of expertise on pesticide registration issues and air toxics regulation, and a unique understanding of the EPA program requiring registration and testing of fuels and fuel additives. Having a technical background has allowed Mr. Backstrom to develop significant scientific expertise in toxicology and risk assessment. In the context of pesticide adjudications, he has presented and cross-examined numerous scientific witnesses. For many clients, he has identified additional options or theories that were not previously under consideration to resolve regulatory issues and to advance their business objectives.
Mr. Backstrom offers legal advice and representation on matters involving:
Prior to joining B&C in 2007, Mr. Backstrom served in the EPA OGC as Senior Counsel in the Air and Radiation Division. He was responsible for a variety of rulemakings implementing the 1990 CAA Amendments, including promulgation of maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), case-by-case MACT determinations, delisting of particular HAP and source categories, and review of particular National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). He also managed complex litigation concerning MACT policies and procedures and fuel additive regulation.
Mr. Backstrom previously served in the Pesticide and Toxic Substances Division of OGC, where he was responsible for the negotiations that led to the elimination of mercury compounds previously used in paints and coatings. He supervised extensive Federal court litigation concerning the pesticide dinoseb, and was a principal EPA representative in administrative hearings concerning the emergency suspension and cancellation of dinoseb and the herbicides 2,4,5-T and silvex.
District of Columbia Bar, 1979
Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Lynn L. Bergeson, Timothy D. Backstrom, and Bethami Auerbach, “Something Inside That Shoebox Really Stinks,” Focus, February 2017.
Lynn L. Bergeson, Bethami Auerbach, Lisa M. Campbell, Timothy D. Backstrom, Sheryl L. Dolan, Jane S. Vergnes, Richard E. Engler, Jayne P. Bultena, Karin F. Baron, Charles M. Auer, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right for Synthetic Biology?," Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Synthetic Biology Project Report, October 15, 2015.
Lynn L. Bergeson, Timothy D. Backstrom, "EPA Issues Stop Sales Order for Unregistered Food Containers Containing Nanosilver: What Are the Implications?," Nanotechnology Law & Business, Volume 11, Issue 3, 2014.
"OMB and OIRA and Why They Are Important to EPA Actions under FIFRA," CropLife America (CLA) and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) Legal and Regulatory Workshop, Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2014).
“Developments in Environmental Law and What to Expect in the New Administration.” Panelist on ABA, Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar, Steamboat Springs, Colorado (February 2, 2013).