Wendel Rosen attorneys have long histories working with metal industry clients.  In fact, it was the family business for one of our lawyers.  We understand the market, business needs, and regulatory and industry pressures placed on those who work in the field.

The firm’s metal industry clients include distributors, fabricators and mills, scrap and recycling companies, and metal product manufacturers with locations throughout California.

The work we do with metal industry clients covers a broad range of areas, from business operations to regulatory matters. As a full-service law firm with deep experience working with state, federal and local agencies in areas such as environmental and employment, we’re poised to offer practical advice for keeping your business running smoothly.

Regulatory Issues

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Regional Water Quality Control Boards
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and other regional jurisdictions
  • Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) Weights & Measures

Business/Corporate Matters

  • Entity formation
  • Operating contracts
  • Form agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Distribution buy/sell agreements
  • Insurance coverage
  • Credit facilities
  • UCC issues
  • Equipment leasing and contracts
  • Supplier contracts
  • Collections and creditor
  • Bankruptcy, workouts and insolvency matters

Employment Matters

  • Employment contracts
  • Employee manuals and training
  • Wage and hour
  • Leaves
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration and documentation
  • Labor/unions
  • Pension

Real Estate

  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Leases and ground leases
  • Land use and easements
  • Title issues
  • Design and construction contracts
  • Environmental issues
  • Groundwater and storm water


We’ve handled numerous civil and criminal litigation matters for metal industry clients, ranging from consumer fraud accusations to mechanics liens on construction sites.  We help clients resolve disputes through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation and arbitration) and litigation. 

  • Breach of contract
  • Employment, including wage and hour, discrimination and leaves
  • Construction disputes and mechanics liens
  • Fraud and unfair business practices
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Distribution agreements

Intellectual Property

  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Licensing


  • Lead counsel for a scrap metal company's purchase of a facility in San Leandro, California, negotiating provisions to indemnify client, which was taking over and industrial site with known environmental issues.

  • Represented metal recycling company in trespass and conversion claim brought by landowner who alleged that company had stolen railroad track from its property resulting in millions of dollars in lost profit. Following a three- week jury trial, a unanimous jury found in favor of Garret’s client.

  • Represented aluminum mining and refining company with unsecured debt of $31 million and secured debt of $180 million in court authorized assumption and enforcement of alumina supply contract with value in excess of $100 million and the purchase of aluminum facilities in Louisiana and Jamaica from Kaiser Aluminum Corporation in a Chapter 11 Debtor case in Wilmington, Delaware.*

* Work performed by a Wendel Rosen attorney while at a prior firm.

  • Ankenman, C. Gregg
  • Epstein, Mark D.
  • Israels, Sidney A.
  • Noma, Christine K.
  • Williams, Todd A.
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