Newmeyer Dillion handles virtually all aspects of environmental legal work that clients routinely come across, with particular focus on hazardous substance impacts, project compliance, and strategic approaches within deals and in litigation. Today’s environmental landscape is complicated by ever-changing legal and regulatory mandates.  Our firm’s lawyers provide clients with cutting-edge advice molded from a strong grasp of the underlying dynamics for each property or operation.

Contaminated Sites

Applying technical acumen, our team focuses on investigation, strategic analysis, and remediation for site acquisitions/sales, development, regulatory interface, and related litigation in federal and state courts. We help clients manage environmental risks related to property in California and across America.  Our team represents clients before a wide range of environmental agencies for projects including commercial, industrial, raw land, and residential, as well as specialty facilities such as gas stations, oil fields, airports, and landfills. These matters involve a complex mix of soil, groundwater, and vapor contamination.

Proposition 65

California's Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, poses burdens and potential risks to California businesses, as well as those businesses whose products end up in California.

Our lawyers counsel manufacturers, retailers, property owners, builders, and employers as to the warning requirements imposed by Proposition 65, including its recent amendments and ongoing regulatory changes administered by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.  We have crafted "clear and reasonable” warning language for many different applications.  Our experience helps our clients avoid potential Proposition 65 liability and the costly "bounty hunting" litigation that can occur if Proposition 65's requirements are not complied with.

Our lawyers are also experienced in Proposition 65 litigation, helping clients resolve such claims in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  Plaintiffs' cases are often driven by Proposition 65's attorneys' fee provision, and potentially steep civil penalty provisions.  Appreciating these dynamics is key to achieving a resolution that will get you back to business.