Environmental Law

Environmental law is one of our core competencies.  Our attorneys have tried a wide variety of environmental cases in both federal and state court.  We are adept at handling high-profile, multi-party environmental cases involving cutting-edge legal precedents, and understand advanced hydrogeology and engineering concepts.  Our experience includes:

  • Defending and prosecuting CERCLA and HSAA cases
  • Negotiating permits and licenses
  • Handling all phases of regulatory compliance

We also are educated in all legislation pertinent to environmental matters, such as:

  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act and other water pollution matters
  • The Endangered Species Act
  • The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

And we understand all of the companion California State and local laws, including:

  • The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • The Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA)
  • The Gatto Bill (which replaced the Polanco Act)
  • Land use and permitting
  • The California Coastal Act
  • Zoning
  • Pesticide use
  • Underground storage tank remediation
  • Environmental impact reports
  • Environmental aspects of the purchase and sale of real property

Given our deep knowledge and experience, we save clients time and money by anticipating the many difficult issues associated with this complex area of the law.