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Christine K. Noma

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 cost recovery litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in  CERCLA, RCRA, nuisance and trespass litigation and defense of Clean Water Act lawsuits (a.k.a. citizen’s suit stormwater complaints), as well as disputes involving, real estate purchases/sales, industrial and drycleaner contamination claims, and claims related to service stations and underground storage tanks. She advises and represents clients before various government regulatory agencies, including the U.S. EPA, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and the 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, wage and hour disputes, and employment discrimination cases in all areas, including claims of sex, age, race, disability discrimination, sexual harassment. She has represented employers in administration hearings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Industrial Relations, 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 programs. Additionally, she received the Bar Association of San Francisco Certificates of Completion for training in mediation and arbitration.

Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation

  • Treasurer, 2019 – present
  • President, 2016 – 2018
  • Board of Directors 2013 – present

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

  • Board of Directors, 2005 – 2008; 1985 – 1986
  • Member, 1982 – present

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

Midori Kai, Inc.

  • President 2013, Board of Directors, 2008 – present

Peralta Community College District, Language Court Interpreter Advisory Committee

  • Advisor, 2007 – present

University of California, Hastings Alumni Foundation

  • Board of Governors, 2007 – 2010

Fellow, American Bar Association

  • Member, 2017 – present

Asian Law Caucus

  • Co-Chair, 40th Anniversary Campaign 2012
  • Former Board of Directors

Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights

  • Founding Member

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
  • “Forever Influential Women in Bay Area Business,” San Francisco Business Times,2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2007, 2014-2020
  • “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, 40thAnniversary 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

Important Information about Potential New Interpretation of Federal Paid Sick Leave Law

Important Information about Potential New Interpretation of Federal Paid Sick Leave Law

03/28/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Per new guidelines from the US Department of Labor, it appears that the DOL may be interpreting the new paid sick leave to apply only when the quarantine or isolation…

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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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Events

Immigrant Worker Protection Act: The Challenge of Complying with Conflicting State and Federal Laws

Immigrant Worker Protection Act: The Challenge of Complying with Conflicting State and Federal Laws

04/10/2018 | The American Foundry Society (AFS) Northern California Chapter

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Wendel Rosen attorney Christine Noma will be present, "Immigrant Worker Protection Act: The Challenge of Complying with Conflicting State and Federal Laws," for the American Foundry Society…

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Higher than a Kite? Bringing the Workplace Down to Earth

Higher than a Kite? Bringing the Workplace Down to Earth

08/23/2017 | Wendel Rosen Client Seminar

Wendel Rosen attorney Chris Noma will co-present "Higher than a Kite? Bringing the Workplace Down to Earth" on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in the David I. Wendel Conference Center, 1111…

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Developing California’s Industrial Properties: Environmental Strategies for Real Estate Transactions

Developing California’s Industrial Properties: Environmental Strategies for Real Estate Transactions

01/10/2017 | Wendel Rosen Client Seminar

Wendel Rosen environmental attorney, Christine Noma will present "Developing California's Industrial Properties: Environmental Strategies for Real Estate Transactions" on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the David I. Wendel Conference Center, 1111…

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Date Category Host Title
03/19/2015 Seminar Oakland Business Development Center Mastering the Minimum Wage
02/26/2015 Seminar Alameda County Bar Association Hazard Ahead: Investigating & Abating Environmental Issues in a Real Estate Transaction
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02/23/2015 Seminar Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Legal Training for Oakland Restaurant Owners

News

Christine Noma Comments on Overtime Exemptions for Retail Employees

Christine Noma Comments on Overtime Exemptions for Retail Employees

06/01/2020 | Daily Journal

Wendel Rosen partner Christine Noma provides legal insight on overtime exemptions for retail employees. Visit Daily Journal to read the full article (subscription required).

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Christine Noma Speaks on Labor Law in the COVID-19 Era

Christine Noma Speaks on Labor Law in the COVID-19 Era

05/26/2020 | Daily Journal

In a recent interview by Daily Journal, Wendel Rosen partner Christine Noma speaks on labor law in the COVID-19 era where lines between salaried and exempt employees are often blurred….

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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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Date Category Publication Title
06/23/2016 Press Release   Three Wendel Rosen Attorneys Named to SF Business Times List of Most Influential Women in 2016

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