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Noma, Christine K.

Christine K. Noma
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
cnoma@wendel.com

Education

University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.S., Business Administration

Admissions

State Bar of California
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Chris is a partner with the firm’s Environmental and Employment practice groups. With extensive experience in environmental litigation and compliance and employment law, Chris is an empathetic and pragmatic counselor who represents clients with zealous advocacy.

Environmental Law

Chris provides environmental compliance counseling and represents clients in litigation involving, CERCLA, Clean Water Act — stormwater, real estate purchases/sales, drycleaner, UST and industrial pollution claims. She advises and represents clients before various government regulatory agencies, including the U.S. EPA, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). Chris prosecutes and defends cost recovery claims for owners and operators of contaminated property. For clients selling, acquiring or developing contaminated real property, Chris provides counsel and legal services on a range of matters, including due diligence audits, site investigations, remedial action plans, remediation standards, and indemnity provisions. She also represents parties in obtaining defense and insurance coverage for environmental claims.

Employment Law

Chris represents employers, defending wrongful termination and employment discrimination cases in all areas, including sex, age, race, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour disputes. She has represented employers in administration hearings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), the Department of Industrial Relations, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Cal OSHA. Chris has presented employment law seminars for employer groups including the City of Oakland, 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.

Mediation Experience

Chris is experienced in alternative dispute resolutions and serves as a mediator for the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She has completed the United States District Court, Northern District of California Alternative Dispute Resolution and Early Neutral Evaluation training program and received Bar Association of San Francisco Certificates of Completion for training in mediation and arbitration.

Alameda County Bar Association

  • Environmental Law Section: Chairperson (2011-2012) and Executive Board (2013 – 2016)
  • 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

  • Treasurer, 2019 – present
  • President, 2016 – 2018
  • AABA Law Foundation, Board of Directors 2013 – 2015
  • Board of Directors, 2005 – 2008; 1985 – 1986
  • Member, 1982 – present

Fellow, American Bar Association

  • Member, 2017 – 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
  • “Forever Influential Women in Bay Area Business,” San Francisco Business Times, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2007, 2014-2019
  • “Inaugural Hall of Fame Diversity Award,” California Minority Counsel Program, 2014
  • “Distinguished Legal Services Award,” Alameda County Bar Association, 2014
  • 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, 40th Anniversary Leadership Committee, 2012
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated, Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, and Judicial Edition 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.

Over the years, Chris has done extensive speaking for organizations including the City of Oakland, Northern California Human Resources Council, Oakland Board of Realtors, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and private employers. She has also made numerous presentations on environmental and employment matters at Wendel Rosen client seminars.

 

Publications

Employers Need to Prepare for Oakland’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

Employers Need to Prepare for Oakland’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

03/01/2015 | Wendel Rosen Client Update

Effective March 2, 2015, Oakland businesses and any other employers who have employees working within the City’s boundaries will need to comply with Oakland’s new Paid Sick Leave law, which…

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Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/08/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that 22 attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of Northern California…

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Three Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to SF Business Times List of Most Influential Women in 2016

Three Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to SF Business Times List of Most Influential Women in 2016

06/23/2016

OAKLAND, Calif., June 23, 2016 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP congratulates Partners Christine Noma and Patricia Curtin on their selection to the San Francisco Business Times’ 2016 “Most…

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Education

University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.S., Business Administration

Admissions

State Bar of California