As an environmental and pollution cleanup attorney, Jonathan represents a diverse client base that includes developers, property owners, public entities, auto dealerships, commercial enterprises and estate fiduciaries. His practice emphasizes the investigation of pollution, negotiation of cost sharing, reimbursement and indemnity agreements, negotiations with environmental regulatory agencies, and management of consultants to minimize the cost of cleanup and maximize the reimbursement of cleanup costs from third parties and insurance companies. He also advises businesses and fiduciaries on the impact of pollution on property values, and redevelopment and reuse of contaminated properties.
As a land use and entitlement attorney, Jonathan works with owners, developers and their consultants to obtain permits for vineyard development projects and other major projects. He has expertise in CEQA litigation and compliance, NEPA, Clean Water Act and Stormwater Permits, endangered species, wetlands and wetland mitigation, and water rights.
He also has successfully defended property owners from enforcement actions from the Department of Fish and Game, the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the District Attorney’s Environmental Protection Division in a number of different locales, actions and contexts.
A former assistant city planner and special consultant to the City of Berkeley’s Hazardous Materials Program, Jonathan brings both public administration and technical environmental experience to bear when helping clients meet the challenges of governmental compliance, site cleanups and obtaining permits for large scale development projects.
Jonathan was Chair of the Environmental practice group at Fitzgerald, Abbott & Beardsley from 1991 to 1999. He was Chair of Wendel Rosen’s environmental practice group from 2000 to 2007.