Environmental Law

Acting for a leading independent fuel specialist company in coordinating responses to various marine coastal waters oil spill incidents.
Advice in connection with opposition to proposed PPC permit variations to a joint power installation.
Advising creditor and administrator in connection with the environmental implications of the insolvency of a large UK biofuels production facility and the insolvency practitioners’ potential liabilities under environmental law.
Advice to the oil and gas industry in relation to the implications of the EU Offshore Safety Directive; expansion of the scope of the Environmental Liability Directive and the role of OPOL;
Advising a metals trading company in connection with all aspects of REACH compliance in connection with a corporate restructuring;
Advising a minerals trading company on Conflicts Minerals due diligence and compliance
Served as lead trial counsel for a case team defending California’s largest school transportation company in a complex failure-to-warn case under California’s Proposition 65.  The case raised novel legal issues under Proposition 65 and involved not only a large vehicle fleet but also a diverse ridership population.  Unique among Proposition 65 cases, the case progressed for over two years and did not settle until the evening before trial.  The mutually-agreeable settlement provided for a creative resolution to the case, allowing for technological upgrades and retrofits rather than fines.
Member of a Fortune 500 manufacturing client’s national benzene cancer team, providing assistance on its defense of benzene cancer cases, including identifying, investigating and retaining the most qualified experts in their respective fields and assist in testing trial themes through focus group/mock trials.
Represents industry leading manufacturing clients in occupational toxic tort cases involving cosmetics, pesticides/herbicides, automotive and other consumer and industrial chemical products. In over 30 lawsuits in the past 15 years, has successfully obtained summary judgment or negotiated dismissals or de minimis settlements.
Represented and obtained the dismissal of litigation against a manufacturing company which was sued in the District of Oregon on environmental claims