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Buzz Thompson

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Barton H. “Buzz” Thompson, Jr. is an of counsel in O’Melveny’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the Water Industry Practice Group. He is the Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law at Stanford Law School, the Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment, and Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies.

The author of several books on water law and policy, he is one of the nation’s leading experts on water issues. He has advised clients on water law issues for decades, developed innovative legal strategies for best exploiting water resources and, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed Buzz to serve as the special master in Montana v. Wyoming (137 Original).

Prior to joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1996, Buzz was a partner in our Los Angeles office, and a lecturer at the UCLA School of Law. He was a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Buzz is chairman of the board of the Resources Legacy Fund, the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, and the American Farmland Trust; a California trustee for The Nature Conservancy; and a board member of both the Sonoran Institute and the Santa Lucia Conservancy. Buzz previously served as a member of the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Buzz advises our clients in water law property and environmental matters, and is also available to serve as a private arbitrator and special master.


  • California


  • Stanford University School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Stanford Business School, M.B.A., 1976
  • Stanford University, A.B., 1972, Economics and Political Science


  • Board of Directors and Chair, American Farmland Trust
  • California Trustee and Chair of the California Water Committee, The Nature Conservancy
  • Board of Directors and Chair, Resources Legacy Fund
  • Board of Directors and Chair, Resources Legacy Fund Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Sonoran Institute
  • Board of Directors, Sonoran Institute


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