Environmental Litigation

  • Prosecute and defend multiple hazardous waste litigation matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, the Polanco Act, nuisance, and other state lawclaims
  • Negotiate investigation and remedial strategies and closure plans with regulatory agencies
  • Defend eminent domain case involving contaminated property
  • Counsel lender regarding foreclosure and other strategies relating to nonperforming loans on contaminated collateral

Brownfield Redevelopment, In-fill, Smart Growth

  • Work with landowners, redevelopment agencies, and municipalities developers to develop strategies for addressing contaminated sites for
    redevelopment and urban in-fill
  • Identify potentially responsible parties and historical insurance assets and develop strategies to recover investigation and cleanup costs
  • Negotiate purchase and sale contracts relating to Brownfield sites
  • Work with agencies to negotiate immunity for bona fide purchasers, innocent landowners, and continguous property owners under the
    California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act (“CLRRA”)
  • Negotiate Prospective Purchaser Agreement with lead agency
  • Counseling regarding pollution liability policies to facilitate transfer of risk concerning the purchase of contaminated properties
  • Represent clients at design review and city council meetings relating to development projects
  • Advise regarding historical building designation

Insurance Policyholder Representation

  • Conduct insurance archaeology projects and reports for companies big and small on matters involving environmental and asbestos claims
  • Negotiate terms of defense and indemnity obligations with insurance carriers
  • Litigate with insurance carriers on a multitide of issues
  • Handle corporate claims management for large corporations


Corporate Law

  • Cleantech and greentech starups
  • Corporate formation
  • Corporate governance
  • Non-profits


Municipal Represenation

  • Polanco Redevelopment Act counseling and litigation
  • Climate Action Plans
  • Greenhouse Gas emission strategy
  • General plan updates built around sustainability framework
  • Insurance archaeology


Green & Sustainable Building Design

  • Construction contracts and counseling
  • Green leases
  • Sales, leases, and refinances pursuant to disclosure requirements of AB 1103


EHS Compliance Program Design, Development, Implementation and Auditing (Domestic & International)

  • Advise and represent clients on development of EHS compliance programs
  • Respond to notices of violation and negotiate penalties
  • Defense of environmental compliance enforcement actions


Real Estate and Land Use

  • Negotiate purchase and sale transactions involving commercial properties including environmental due diligence
  • Litigate nondisclosure cases regarding obligations of seller and agent
  • Litigate CEQA cases on various land use development projects
  • Draft and analyze general plan updates to include sustainability strategies

Asbestos Defense

  • Defend suits alleging liability for arising out of exposure to asbestos
  • Negotiate with insurers regarding duty to defend and indemnify asbestos cases