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Christine K. Noma

Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4679
E-mail: CNoma@wendel.com v-card


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 clients defending wrongful termination and employment discrimination cases in all areas, including sex, age, race, disability discrimination, and sexual harassment.

She has also represented 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 clients 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). 

Representative Matters

  • 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.
  • Represented insureds in seeking insurance coverage – environmental and  business litigation.


  • University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law; J.D. (1982)
  • University of California, Berkeley; B.S., Business Administration (1979)

Close Admissions

  • State Bar of California (1982)
  • Federal District Court (Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California) and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Close Publications

Close Affiliations

  • Alameda County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, East Bay Diversity Bar Coalition
    • Alameda County Bar Foundation; Board of Directors, 1991 to 1993
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
    • Board of Directors, 2005 to 2007
    • Member, 1982 to present
  • Judicial Advisory Committee, Senator Barbara Boxer
    • Evaluated potential candidates for Federal Judiciary; 1996 to 1998
  • Peralta Community College District, Language Court Interpreter Advisory Committee
    • Advisor, 2007 to present
  • Legal Assistance for Seniors
    • President, 1997; Board of Directors; member, 1994 to 2000
  • State Bar of California
    • Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, evaluated Governor's nominees for appointment to the State Judiciary; 1992 to 1994
    • Conference of Delegates; Executive Committee, 1989 to 1991
  • University of California, Hastings Alumni Association
    • Board of Governors, 2008-2011

Close Speaking & Teaching

  • “The Changing Landscape of Environmental Due Diligence,” co-presenter, Wendel Rosen Educational Seminar, April 2014
  • 'Increasing Judicial Diversity,' panelist, Stakeholder Forum, California State Bar, Council on Access and Fairness, September 25, 2010
  • 'Beauty and the Bench: The Judicial Perspective Plenary Session on Diversifying the Judiciary,' panelist, California Minority Counsel Program, 21st Annual Business Conference, September 30, 2010
  • "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

Close Awards & Recognition

  • 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
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2007
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell*
  • AV® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ by Martindale-Hubbell*

*AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.