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Farella Braun + Martel Adds Two To Growing Environmental Law Department

January 18, 2007 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 18, 2007):  Farella Braun + Martel announces the addition of associates Sarah F. Peterman and Mathew J. Swain to the firm's Environmental Law Department.  Peterman was most recently at Stoel Rives LLP, and Swain joins from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

"We are pleased to welcome these two experienced environmental attorneys to our expanding department," said Robert L. Hines, chair, Environmental Law Department.  "We have one of the top Environmental practices in the country and the addition of Sarah and Mathew adds further depth and experience to serve our client's litigation and regulatory and compliance needs."

Peterman brings litigation experience in environmental and natural resources matters, including the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Endangered Species Act, and recycling hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  Her litigation experience also includes complex business and real estate litigation.  Peterman earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (2003) and an A.B. in English from Princeton University (2000).

Swain's practice focuses on federal and California air, water and waste laws and regulations, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), coastal zone management, Army Corps of Engineers permitting, and marine fisheries.  He advises clients on regulatory compliance issues, permitting matters and civil and administrative enforcement actions.  Swain earned his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School-Newark (2001), a M.C.R.P. from Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (2001) and a B.A. in environmental studies and biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1994).

Farella Braun + Martel's environmental law department is nationally recognized for its creative and business oriented approach to handling clients' legal needs.  Our unique approach takes advantage of the dynamism, tenacity and intellectual creativity of our lawyers in representing public and private corporations with counseling and litigation services in environmental, resources, health & safety and products law.

Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. Based in San Francisco, the firm serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses. Farella Braun + Martel is a Green Business.


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