• Eric Rothenberg
      Times Square Tower
      7 Times Square
      New York, NY, 10036
      Phone: +1-212-326-2003
      Fax: +1-212-326-2061
  • Charles Bachman
      Times Square Tower
      7 Times Square
      New York, NY, 10036
      Phone: +1-212-408-2421
      Fax: +1-212-326-2061
  • Kelly McTigue
      400 South Hope Street
      Los Angeles, CA, 90071
      Phone: +1-213-430-6297
      Fax: +1-213-430-6407
  • Carla Christofferson
      400 South Hope Street
      Los Angeles, CA, 90071
      Phone: +1-213-430-8359
      Fax: +1-213-430-6407
  • Bob Nicksin
      400 South Hope Street
      Los Angeles, CA, 90071
      Phone: +1-213-430-6273
      Fax: +1-213-430-6407
  • Geoff Yost
      Two Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor
      San Francisco, CA, 94111
      Phone: +1-415-984-8724
      Fax: +1-415-984-8701
PROFESSIONALS

  • American Capital, Ltd.
    Apollo Management, L.P.
    Berry Plastics
    Black Canyon Capital LLC
    BP Amoco
    Caxton-Iseman Capital, Inc.
    CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC
    Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
    Chemtura Corporation
    Clarity Partners, L.P.
    Covalence Specialty Materials Corp.
    Credit Suisse First Boston
    Edison International
    • ExxonMobil Corporation
      Francisco Partners
      Goldman, Sachs & Co.
      Goodman Global, Inc.
      Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
      Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.
      Honeywell International, Inc.
      Insight Venture Partners
      International Game Technology
      Jacuzzi Brands Corporation
      Jean Coutu Group (PJC) USA, Inc.
      JER Partners
      J.P. Morgan Partners
      Kennecott Land Company
      Korg USA
      Lennar Corporation
      Lincoln Electric Company
      Mindray Medical International Ltd.
      Mitsui Chemicals Inc.
      Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
      Nalco Inc.
      Noranda Aluminum Incorporated
      Onex Corporation
      Orient Overseas International Limited
      Pacific Harbor Line, Inc.
      Palladium Equity Partners, LLC
      Power-One, Inc.
      Quality Distribution Inc.
      Rexnord, Inc.
      Sandisk Corporation
      Southern California Edison
      Trust Company of the West
      UBS AG
      Quiksilver, Inc.
      Verizon Communications
      Verso Paper Holdings LLC
      Wendel Investissement
      W.R. Grace

Environmental Law

Worldwide environmental issues are growing in scale and scope, making them a daily concern for most businesses. 

The Environmental Practice Group at O’Melveny provides the highest caliber of service available to address these environmental issues drawing on the strength of the Firm’s Environment and Natural Resources Practice. Embodying a wealth of experience on environmental matters, and drawing knowledge from governmental service and work in related scientific and engineering disciplines, we are an interdisciplinary group of transactions, litigation, and regulatory practitioners working out of O’Melveny’s 15 offices worldwide. 

We provide global transactional diligence and documentation support with experience in virtually every industrial, commercial, and real estate sector, including consideration of emerging worldwide regulatory issues such as greenhouse gas restrictions. We have a unique capability in integrating our litigation and enforcement knowledge into transactional diligence, as well as conducting due diligence reviews involving large-scale industrial commercial transactions for private equity clients. Recent work includes reviews for clients Apollo Management, L.P., American Capital Strategies, CCMP (formerly JP Morgan), and The Jean Coutu Group. Deploying a team including litigators, environmental consultants, toxicologists, local law specialists, insurance advisors, and actuaries, we have provided diligence and documentation over five continents for Apollo in a series of transactions comprising the roll-up of Borden Chemicals, and businesses of Shell Resins, Arkema GmbH, Orica, Azko Nobel, Rhodia S.A., and Eastman Chemicals to form Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., the world’s largest producer of thermosetting resins.

When companies are charged with violation of environmental laws, we are skilled at providing creative and effective defense, often taking into consideration claims in multiple jurisdictions. We are experienced in defending civil and criminal suits and proceedings, citizen suits, class actions and mass torts, natural resource damage (NRD) claims, and siting challenges. Our toxic tort teams have provided defense as coordinating counsel on asbestos, chemical exposure, and welding rod litigation claims, framing and implementing nationwide defense and settlement strategies. We have served as litigation lead on some of the largest NRD matters to date, including our ongoing, high-profile representation of ExxonMobil in matters relating to the Valdez oil spill of 1989.

Key Facts

  • Our lawyers have been honored in Chambers USA, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, PLC Which Lawyer?, and by Law & Politics Media Inc. Chambers USA states that “clients call on the team for ‘matters where we need substantial firepower’” and says that client characterize our environmental team as “skillful problem solvers.”   
  • Our litigators are part of the team that has been recognized by The American Lawyer every year since it started its “Litigation Department of the Year” contest in 2002. In addition to winning the highly coveted award in 2004, O'Melveny received honorable mention or was chosen among the finalists in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, making us one of only two US law firms that have both won the top award and achieved a clean sweep in the seven contests covering the last 12 years.
  • We have a strong presence in Asia, and were named "China Practice of the Year" by Asian Legal Business magazine.
  • Accomplishments include arguing precedent-setting cases before the US Supreme Court, participating in the settlement of the largest pollution control litigation in US history, and completing the largest wind energy power deal in US history.
  • We have substantial experience in coordination and management of large-scale proceedings. We advocate groundbreaking punitive damages strategies, and have dramatically reduced our clients’ exposure to punitive damages awards. In the Exxon Valdez litigation, our team pioneered the concept of “limited fund class action” to reduce the scope of punitive damages.
  • In the area of criminal environmental litigation, we have considerable experience counseling clients on claims under hazardous waste laws, the US Clean Air Act, and the US Clean Water Act, among others. We have achieved successful settlements with the US Environmental Protection Agency through voluntary disclosures, and have convinced the US Department of Justice to close criminal inquiries without bringing charges. In one matter, we obtained favorable resolutions of multiple statewide investigations brought against BP Amoco, arising from alleged non-compliance with environmental laws regulating underground storage tanks for retail gas stations. 
  • We have provided effective defense of citizen suit claims–including those brought under the Federal Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and state law such as California's Proposition 65–regularly serving as lead counsel at National Priorities List Site matters under the US Superfund program. 
  • We have land use experience under current law and policy around the globe, including statutes requiring pre-development environmental assessments, such as National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and programs for brownfield development. 
  • We have experience in crises management of high-profile enforcement matters and catastrophic events.

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