Energy + Natural Resources

Natural Resource Protection

Farella assists companies manage their impact on the natural resources of their facilities’ environment. Many of our clients tread into undeveloped regions affecting the flora and fauna in new ways, while other clients require support to cleanup historic Superfund-type sites and redevelop environmentally compromised property.  In these highly regulated environments, we have the depth and breadth of experience to provide appropriate teams for any engagement, small or large, including the most complex, multi-party, high-stakes and sensitive development, redevelopment or litigation matters.

We are trial attorneys, advocates and counselors and are known throughout the industry for our responsiveness and commitment to our clients’ interests.  Our environmental, land use, renewable energy, real estate and project development practices and lawyers are highly ranked by entities such as Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation and various “Top” or “Best of” lists.

“They are excellent – responsive, experienced and helpful.  Farella has solid environmental practice group with real depth in experience.”

Chambers USA 2019

Farella’s well-known reputation with regulatory decision-makers is demonstrated through mutual respect and our ability to develop unique, well-supported strategies that achieve our clients’ objectives within appropriate regulatory frameworks.  Our extensive cross-discipline natural resource expertise enables us to offer multi-disciplinary teams to provide the most appropriate experience for any engagement or specialized assignment.  A few areas to specifically highlight in our natural resource experience:

  • Air, water and hazardous waste
  • Regulatory due diligence (e.g., NEPA, CEQA and land use) in project development and business and real estate transactions
  • Superfund, natural resource, and cost recovery litigation
  • Wetlands and endangered species
  • Citizen suits and private attorneys general actions
  • Civil and criminal enforcement actions and internal investigations

Firm Highlights

Event

LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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News

3 Things To Know After Busy WDTX Patent Judge's 1st Trial

Eugene Mar spoke to Law360 about the  MV3 Partners LLC v. Roku Inc.  case in the article, " 3 Things To Know After Busy WDTX Patent Judge's 1st Trial." In the article, Eugene said he's...

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Year-End Estate Planning in an Election Year

The 2020 election is less than a month away and year-end estate planning is already underway for many. Under current law, the estate, gift and GST (generation-skipping transfer) tax exemptions for 2020 are set at...

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Alexis Sinclair Joins Farella Braun + Martel’s Financial Services Industry Group

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that business transactions lawyer Alexis Sinclair has joined the firm as special counsel in its Financial Services...

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Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement & Litigation West Coast Conference

Eugene Mar is a featured panelist at the Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement & Litigation West Coast Conference virtual event.

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News

More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship

In the article, "More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship," originally published in The Wall Street Journal , Erin Fraser discusses tax and estate planning issues related to renouncing U.S. citizenship. Link to the full article .

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Insights Into the First Patent Trial in Waco, Texas - MV3 Partners v. Roku

A 7-person jury in Waco, Texas, recently returned its verdict in the first patent trial held before Judge Albright: defense verdict, no finding of infringement. In the MV3 Partners v. Roku dispute, MV3 Partners...

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The Election Season Is Upon Us: Guidance for Managing Political Expression in the California Workplace

In a year of extraordinary events, this election has been more divisive and controversial than any other in recent history. Many employers are grappling with how they should manage political expression in the workplace...

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Proposition 24: California’s Ever-Evolving Privacy Landscape

Next Tuesday is election day, and this year, California voters are deciding whether to support another statewide privacy initiative – the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) (Proposition 24).  This measure would expand on the...

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3rd Annual BASF Cannabis Conference

Jeff Hamilton will moderate the program "All of the “Hot Topics” in Cannabis” at the 3rd Annual BASF Cannabis Conference. Details: The BASF Cannabis Conference provides attorneys an opportunity to enhance their practical skills...

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