Christine K. NomaAttorney

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP 1111 Broadway, 24th FloorOakland, CA 94607

Chris is a partner with the firm’s Environmental and Employment Practice Groups.


Chris represents clients in all aspects of  environmental law.  She represents clients in environmental litigation involving cost recovery claims, CERCLA, Clean Water Act, strict liability, negligence and nuisance causes of action and real estate toxic tort cases.  She also advises on compliance issues, representing clients before various government regulatory agencies, including the EPA, DTSC, and the RWQCB. 

For clients selling, acquiring or developing contaminated real property, Chris provides legal advice and oversight of environmental issues, including evaluating and directing environmental site investigations and the implementation of remedial action plans, negotiating remediation standards with environmental regulators, and preparing environmental indemnity provisions.  She also represents clients in brownfields real estate transactions under the Polanco Act, the California Land Use and Revitalization Act. In addition, she represents parties in obtaining defense and insurance coverage for environmental claims under property and liability insurance policies.


Chris has represented numerous employers defending wrongful termination and employment discrimination cases in all areas, including sex, age, race, disability discrimination, and sexual harassment.

She has also represented employer clients in administration hearings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) for Labor Code 132a discrimination claims, the Department of Industrial Relations for wage and hour violations, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Cal OSHA.

Chris has presented a great number of employment law seminars for employer groups including the Northern California Human Resources Council, Oakland Board of Realtors, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and private employers.  She has also advised businesses regarding personnel practices and the preparation of employment manuals.

In addition, Chris is experienced in alternative dispute resolutions and has received Bar Association of San Francisco Certificates of Completion for training in mediation (40 hours) and arbitration (20 hours).


Available Articles:

  • "Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words Of Wisdom From Multicultural Women Who Have Been There And Done That," contributor, American Bar Association, 2000



Alameda County Bar Association
  • Environmental Law Section: Chairperson (2011-2012) and Executive Board (2013 - present)
  • Board of Directors, East Bay Diversity Bar Coalition: Chairperson (2006-2007)  and Board Representative (2005 - present)
  • Alameda County Bar Foundation; Board of Directors, 1991 - 1993

Peralta Community College District, Language Court Interpreter Advisory Committee
  • Advisor, 2007 - present

University of California, Hastings Alumni Association
  • Board of Governors, 2007 - 2010

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • AABA Law Foundation, Board of Directors 2013 - 2014
  • Board of Directors, 2005 - 2008; 1985 - 1986
  • Member, 1982 - present

Legal Assistance for Seniors
  • President, 1997
  • Board of Directors, Member, 1994 - 2000

Judicial Advisory Committee, Senator Barbara Boxer
  • Evaluated potential candidates for Federal Judiciary; 1996 - 1998

State Bar of California
  • Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, evaluated Governor's nominees for appointment to the State Judiciary; 1992 - 1994
  • Conference of Delegates; Executive Committee, 1989 - 1991

Asian Law Caucus
  • Co-Chair, 40th Anniversary Campaign 2012 - present
  • Korematsu Institute, Founder
  • Former Board of Directors

Midori Kai, Inc.
  • President 2013, Board of Directors, 2008 - present


Featured Presentations:

  • Employer Minimum Wage Workshops, Alameda County Small Business Development Center, November 12 and December 16, 2015
  • "WorkLife Law Panel Discussion" panelist, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, June 7, 2007
  • "Diversity: Career Paths - A Woman's Perspective of a Career in Law Firm Practice," University of California, Hastings College of the Law, September 30, 2006
  • Mentoring Relationships Panel, California Minority Counsel Program, 16th Annual Business Development Conference, October, 2005


  • San Francisco Business Times “Forever Influential Women in Bay Area Business,” 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2007, 2014-2016
  • California Minority Council Program: Diversity Leader Hall of Fame Award, 2014
  • Alameda County Bar Association: Recipient Distinguished Service Award, January 10, 2014
  • Wendel Rosen Environmental Practice Group selected for inclusion in “Leading Environmental Practices,” The Recorder, April 9, 2012
  • Wendel Rosen's Environmental Practice Group selected as one of top three in the San Francisco Bay Area in The Recorder's 6th Annual "The Best" survey, 2012 
  • Certificate of Honor, Board of Supervisors, City & County of San Francisco Asian Law Caucus, 40thAnniversary Leadership Committee, April 27, 2012
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell*
  • AV® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ by Martindale-Hubbell*


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