ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION

The potential cost of environmental investigation and remediation can be staggering and can continue for decades after the discovery of a hazardous substance release.  Our attorneys negotiate with regulatory agencies, other responsible parties, impacted neighbors, and insurance companies to manage and contain these costs.  With well over three decades of combined experience, our litigators have represented clients in all aspects of environmental litigation, with particular emphasis on cost recovery and contribution actions under the federal and state Superfund statutes (aka CERCLA and HSAA).  They also handle actions involving other federal and state environmental laws, including RCRA and Porter-Cologne. Our litigators have represented a wide variety of clients, including individuals, “mom and pop” companies, Fortune 500 companies and municipalities.  Their clients have included landowners, tenants, business operators, municipal service providers and lenders, offering them a uniquely well-rounded perspective and ability to devise and implement highly-successful strategies.

ENFORCEMENT DEFENSE

We have a long history assisting clients in the defense and settlement of claims asserted by local, state and federal governments, including representing clients through the administrative proceedings process and negotiating work required under cleanup and abatement orders, cease and desist orders, unilateral administrative orders, stipulated judgments, and consent decrees.  With a focus on minimizing the risks of liability and implementing cost-effective strategies, we engage applicable regulatory agencies to establish an appropriate scope of investigation, cleanup goals, and cost-effective remedies.  We have successfully contested proposed enforcement orders and have resolved administrative actions through tactical representation and negotiations, all with an eye toward minimizing liability for our clients.  Additionally, our environmental lawyers routinely defend clients against government inspections, administrative audits, and notices of violation.  Our extensive experience includes representing clients before the federal Environmental Protection Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, State Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, California Air Resources Board, Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery and others.  Based upon our extensive experience in environmental remediation projects, we are uniquely equipped to help our clients identify potential environmental liability exposure and address any problems in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.