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Environmental Compliance, Regulation, and Litigation

The Firm counsels clients in environmental compliance matters, performs due diligence investigations, and represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings before federal, state and local agencies. 

We have extensive experience covering real estate, energy, air, water, toxic substances, and hazardous waste issues.  We have successfully negotiated with agencies at the federal, state and local levels on complex land use and regulatory matters, and have worked with   California Counties, Cities, the Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Toxic Substance Control, RWQCF, California Department of Toxic Substance Control, Regional Water Quality Management District, Air Quality Management District, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Fish and Games, among others, to reach satisfactory compliance and resolution of disputes for our clients.     

Representative matters include:

  • Superfund, including the negotiation and settlement of the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund site on behalf of the State of California, which settled for over One Hundred Fifty Million Dollars and required the drafting of numerous settlement documents including the Consent Decree, Statement of Work, Trust Agreement, and a new Insurance Instrument;
  • Toxic Tort Litigation, including the representation of one of the largest solid waste companies in California, and she was trial counsel in a multi-party toxic tort matter involving odor nuisance from a composting facility;
  • CEQA litigation
  • General Counsel to a international conglomerate with interests in renewable energy, oil, and conservation.  In that capacity, we evaluated prospective investments, conducted due diligence for acquisitions, managed employee and personnel legal issues and were involved in multiple disputes arising as a matter of course in the operation of this business; 
  • Due diligence for companies forming energy companies, including innovative oil project in Texas, recycling projects in the Philippines and Hawaii, and the development of an eco-friendly resort in Joshua Tree, California; 
  • Work with Federal and State agencies to ensure CEQA and NEPA compliance, as well as with County Agencies to secure a General Plan Amendment and Zoning changes.
  • Numerous companies, including a solid waste company, a solar energy company, a conglomerate of recycling companies, several companies involved in renewable energy, and a eco-developer;
  • Real estate developer involved in multiple real estate and development projects;  and
  • Numerous homeowners and businesses.