Vail Thorne is a member of Taylor English’s Environmental and Energy practice group who focuses on environmental, sustainability, and workplace health and safety law. Most recently, Mr. Thorne was Senior Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Thorne was responsible for EHS and sustainability issues confronting Company operations worldwide, including Company policy, legal compliance, internal auditing and related corrective action, regulatory engagement, litigation and administrative proceedings, SEC and other Company public reporting, and due diligence and other issues concerning proposed Company transactions. He also advised the Company on the rules governing “green” or environmental marketing and was counsel to the Company’s government relations function.
Mr. Thorne has extensive knowledge regarding the EHS laws and regulations in many countries including the U.S. and Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He has substantial experience helping clients with various EHS matters regarding access to and conservation of water resources, treatment and discharge of wastewater, management of hazardous and solid waste, environmental cleanup, climate change and air pollution, HazMat transport, and workplace safety. Mr. Thorne also is knowledgeable on the laws and regulations governing engagement with government officials and staff, including campaign finance laws, government ethics rules, and related public reporting requirements.
Mr. Thorne’s experience includes crisis management and conducting related internal investigations, negotiating with governmental authorities, and prosecuting or defending against related litigation and administrative proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Thorne’s experience includes counseling clients on EHS compliance, managing and defending against EHS civil and criminal enforcement actions, helping to develop strategic corporate sustainability programs, and engaging on behalf of clients in government EHS rulemaking.
Mr. Thorne is past chair of two (2) American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Committees: International Environmental Law ; and In-House Environmental Counsel. Mr. Thorne is a member of the Bar and admitted to the practice of law in California and Georgia. He received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as an editor and staff on the Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Thorne was a law clerk for the Honorable Jesse W. Curtis, a U.S. District Court Judge in Los Angeles, California. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and then worked for U.S Senator John W. Warner (Va.) in Washington, D.C. before attending law school.
Pepperdine University School of Law, JD
Washington and Lee University, BA