Vice President and General Counsel
Sharon Tomkins is vice president and general counsel for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She has extensive experience addressing regulatory, environmental, litigation and appellate issues unique to the energy industry.
Tomkins joined SoCalGas in 2010 as regulatory assistant general counsel. Prior to this, she was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she was a founding member of the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Practice and represented clients in a variety of litigation, regulatory and appellate proceedings. After graduating from law school, Tomkins clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs.
She co-authored “Litigating Global Warming: Likely Legal Challenges to Emerging Greenhouse Gas Cap-and Trade Programs in the United States,” Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis (2009); “Shareholder Derivative Actions: From Cradle to Grave,” Practising Law Institute (2007); and “Recent Developments in Shareholder Derivative Actions,” Practising Law Institute (2001-2005). She also developed and taught an Energy Law, Policy & Climate Change course at UCLA School of Law in 2009.
Tomkins has been named a Southern California Rising Star in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles magazine three times and has also been profiled as a Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers and Who’s Who of L.A. Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Tomkins serves on the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program, Los Angeles Library Foundation, Constitutional Rights Foundation and Civil Justice Association of California. She previously served on the board of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and Uncommon Good.
Tomkins graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in English, with High Distinction, from Pennsylvania State University.