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Environmental

Wendel Rosen is home to a talented team of environmental lawyers. The attorneys in this group handle matters for both public and private sector clients on a variety of complex regulatory, permitting, due diligence, remediation, negotiation and litigation matters. Frequently dealing with local, state and federal regulatory bodies, the team helps clients to navigate projects through this highly technical landscape.

Clients of this practice include commercial and residential real estate developers, public entities and redevelopment agencies, construction companies, and real property buyers and sellers, as well as companies from industrial, agricultural, chemical, pharmaceutical, high-technology, retail and manufacturing industries.

Typical matters handled by the firm's environmental attorneys include:

  • Real estate transactions
  • Corporate due diligence regarding environmental issues for asset and business sales
  • Brownfields and development of environmentally impaired property
  • Environmental advice for auto service stations, properties and dealerships
  • Underground storage tanks compliance, closure and reimbursements from state fund
  • Solid and hazardous waste landfills
  • Wetlands and endangered species
  • CEQA and NEPA compliance
  • Air, water and hazardous waste compliance and permitting
  • CERCLA and cost recovery litigation
  • Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Environmental insurance coverage, claims analysis and cleanup cost recovery
  • Proposition 65 compliance and defense
  • Citizens' suits
  • Emergency planning, community right-to-know and occupational safety


The attorneys are also experienced in dealing with unusual circumstance matters, such as special interests regarding environmental concerns during bankruptcy proceedings.

We have a "can-do" approach.

Along the Oakland estuary and waterfront, we have assisted parties with the remediation of contaminated areas and the recovery of associated costs, as well as with lawsuits and administrative actions.  We have represented public entities/municipalities in cost recovery, compliance, CEQA and brownfield real estate negotiations.  One of the largest basic chemical and agricultural chemical manufacturers in the world has used Wendel Rosen attorneys with respect to CERCLA claims on numerous sites in California and Hawaii, including the successful recovery of response costs against the United States Government.

Other clients include one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in the country, several publicly traded real estate investment trusts, an asphalt roof shingle manufacturer, a permitted recycling facility for dry-cleaning waste solvents, the second largest car dealership in the United States, several scrap metal facilities, and a nonprofit farmlands and open space foundation. The firm also represents several individuals and small partnerships, primarily those who own or purchase real property and seek advice about the liabilities they have inherited or would like to avoid.

Wendel Rosen attorneys take a "can-do" approach, looking for practical solutions to accomplish each client's business goals.