Services

  • Air quality, including Clean Air Act compliance, new source review, permitting, emissions trading, variance proceedings, and indoor air quality
  • Water quality, including Clean Water Act compliance, storm water management, wastewater treatment, waste discharge requirements, and NPDES issues
  • Water rights, including surface water and groundwater
  • Environmental litigation, defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions (including internal investigations and voluntary agency disclosures), complex toxic tort actions, class actions, cost recovery and contribution actions, and defense and prosecution of citizen suits – under all major federal and state environmental statutes, including the CWA, CERCLA, RCRA, ESA, Proposition 65, and the Hazardous Substance Account Act
  • Natural resources, including NEPA, CEQA, NRD assessments and litigation, wetlands, and species
  • Complex large-scale renewable energy project permitting, including environmental review, and land use entitlements
  • Government entity representation, ranging from large national laboratories to individual cities and counties, in counseling and litigation relating to environmental, natural resource and land use matters
  • Compliance counseling under all major federal and state environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, OPA, and EPCRA
  • Environmental due diligence in corporate and real estate transactions, including Phase I and Phase II site assessments, complex due diligence investigations, and Brownfields development planning and site disposition work
  • Product stewardship, including strategic planning for regulatory compliance, risk management and litigation avoidance, and product recalls
  • Product liability, including complex products litigation and product liability claims

Firm Highlights

Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Re-Imagining Environmental Governance: The Future of Environmental Law

Not to dwell on the past, but I have been struck of late reading obituaries of certain leading figures in environmental law by a recurrent theme, which is essentially captured by the following quote:...

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San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board Adopts General Permit for Vineyard Properties in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek Watersheds

Over the last several years, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, for the San Francisco Bay Region (Water Board), determined that adoption of Waste Discharge Requirements were needed to better protect the Napa River...

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The Uncertain Future of California’s Vehicle Emission Standards

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Wins Benchmark Litigation 2019 San Francisco Firm of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel announces it has been named “San Francisco Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation . Farella Partner Douglas Young accepted the award on behalf of...

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Trump Administration Continues Project Permitting Streamlining Efforts

The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced on June 20, 2018 that it is considering updating its regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Specifically, the CEQ issued an  Advance Notice of...

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Farella Attorneys Honored With 2019 CLAY Award for M&A Deal

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Linda Sobczynski Accepted Into 2019 Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellowship Program

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Event

Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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Emerging Contaminants: Coming to an NRD Site Near You!

What Are Emerging Contaminants? Emerging contaminants are chemicals in the environment for which the health risks—both human and ecological—remain unknown. They are also sometimes called contaminants of emerging concern, since the chemicals, or products...

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