Chris' practice is focused on 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.
In addition, Chris is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and has received Bar Association of San Francisco Certificates of Completion for training in mediation (40 hours) and arbitration (20 hours
Represented buyers, sellers and lessors/lessees in negotiating environmental issues in multi-million dollar development projects for commercial, residential and undeveloped sites.
Represented plaintiffs in multi-million dollar cost recovery actions.
Represented defendants in several dry cleaning "perc" cases in the Bay Area and Central Valley.
University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law; J.D. (1982)
University of California, Berkeley; B.S., Business Administration (1979)