Timothy D. Backstrom
Of Counsel

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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.

Representative Engagements:

  • Assisted a manufacturer of a fuel additive product with an unusual composition in securing registration in an existing fuel/fuel additive group, thereby resolving a critical barrier to successful marketing of the product.
  • Assisted the manufacturers of a class of pesticide products in overcoming a prior determination by EPA that these products violated specific provisions in the Food Quality Protection Act, resulting in successful reregistration.
  • Assisted a pesticide manufacturer in retaining the ability to market its product despite allegations by public interest groups that EPA had not met the requirements of FIFRA and the ESA when it registered the product.


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