John J. Gregory is a partner in Farella's Environmental Law Department, where his practice focuses on environmental due diligence, remedial and compliance counseling. Mr. Gregory is also Chair of the firm's Professional Standards (Ethics) Committee.
Mr. Gregory has significant experience in performing environmental due diligence assessments and related transactional work for complex real property, corporate and lending transactions. He has provided strategic counseling on transactions involving the purchase and sale of real property ranging from individual commercial properties to large-scale solar energy developments to large, multi-billion dollar commercial/industrial portfolios. He also provides counseling to business and lending clients on the management and disposition of financially-distressed, environmentally-impacted properties. He is involved extensively in the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated Brownfield properties, including former landfill, military base and manufacturing facilities. He has been instrumental in obtaining remedial liability protections for clients, including prospective purchaser agreements, covenants-not-to-sue, federal "reasonable steps" letters, and structuring remedial work through state liability-limiting programs. He routinely assists clients in the negotiation and procurement of environmental insurance, including pollution liability and remedial cost cap insurance products.
Mr. Gregory also has substantial regulatory compliance counseling experience. His practice covers federal and state programs involving solid and hazardous waste, hazardous materials, and wastewater regulatory permitting, compliance and enforcement. He has counseled clients in conducting compliance audits for major industrial and commercial facilities, and has provided counseling on matters involving the operation, maintenance, closure and post-closure of oil refinery facilities, solid and hazardous waste landfills, and RCRA-permitted Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities. Mr. Gregory has been involved extensively in federal and state Superfund, RCRA corrective action, and voluntary site cleanups, and has provided strategic counseling with regard to implementation of innovative remedies to address solvent contamination in groundwater, soil, soil gas and indoor air.
Mr. Gregory has represented various clients in the energy sector, including counseling clients with projects involving waste-to-energy plants, solar energy and natural gas pipelines. He has completed the US DOT Transportation Safety Institute's regulation compliance course on natural gas pipeline health and safety for natural gas pipeline operators. He also has worked on matters involving the federal National Historic Preservation Act.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer currently in California and formerly in Michigan, and worked for six years as an engineering consultant in the field of environmental and civil engineering.
Farella’s Environmental Law Department is recognized by Chambers USA as a top tier environmental practice in California, and by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as a top tier firm nationally for its environmental and mass torts practice areas.