Environmental Law in California
2120 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Environmental General Counsel is an environmental boutique law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have decades of experience with all aspects of environmental law, including compliance, enforcement, cleanups, complex litigation, natural resources, risk allocation in loans and acquisitions -- with special expertise in sophisticated transactions, Proposition 65, pollution legal liability policies, vapor intrusion, asbestos-containing materials, Environmental Health & Safety programs, environmental claims in bankruptcy, and development projects.
EGC attorneys are veteran environmental practitioners. Our attorneys have practiced with some of the leading environmental departments and law firms in the country, including Paul Hastings, Holland & Knight, Beveridge & Diamond, Pillsbury Winthrop, Jeffers Mangel Butler & Mitchell, Barg Coffin, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Hanson Bridgett. One of our partners has served as counsel for environmental regulatory agencies, including the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Coastal Commission.
EGC represents a wide range of industries, including real estate (single-family homebuilders, multi-family residential owners, developers, commercial property owners), consumer products, fashion and accessories, personal care industry, social media, pet food, chemical manufacturing and distribution, industrial manufacturing, food processing, high tech, maritime and transportation industry, and recycling.
Our clients include Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies, national and international privately held companies, publicly traded companies, public agencies, family businesses, trusts, and individuals.
We are engaged and active in our field as frequent speakers and writers and we contribute to the environmental legal community as leaders of local and state bar associations. Two of our partners are former Chairs of the California Bar's Environmental Section; two of our partners are former chairs of the San Francisco Bar's Environmental Section – and one of our partners serves as the current Chair of the Section. We are also active on the Executive Committee of the County of Alameda's Environmental Bar. Our collective experience now stands at almost 200 years.Show more +
- University of Albany, SUNY
- University of San Francisco, College of Law
- London School of Economics and Political studies
- Josh Bloom specializes in all areas of state and federal environmental and natural resources law, including complex litigation and compliance counseling, brownfields, transactional environmental matters, and consumer products issues, representing both public and private clients. He has thirty years of experience, practicing in both California and Washington, D.C. Among other things, he has represented and defended then ChevronTexaco in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging Clean Water Act violations at the Aneth facility in Colorado. Josh’s work ended in a very favorable settlement for the company. He has also advised energy clients with regard to pipeline safety regulations and the Oil Pollution Act. Josh has additionally represented the Town of Windsor in negotiating a series of agreements to successfully implement floating solar panels on the Town’s wastewater treatment pond, which will power not only the wastewater treatment plant but other facilities as well. More generally, Josh has special expertise with environmental transactions and natural resource law, including negotiating all aspects of brownfields redevelopment, environmental risk management and risk transfer, property dispositions, and risk-based cleanups. His practice includes counseling clients about environmental insurance, policy negotiation and claims disputes. His natural resource practice includes endangered species and wetlands matters, including Section 404 permitting, Section 7 consultations, habitat conservation plans, and criminal and civil defense. Josh’s clients have included companies in the technology, oil and gas companies, food, goods and services sectors, along with property developers, retailers, remediation contractors, cities, universities and nonprofits, and individuals, among many others. Josh has expertise with a broad range of state and federal laws, including counseling, litigation, and defense under Proposition 65, the Clean Air Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the California Safer Consumer Products Regulation (the “Green Chemistry Initiative”), the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and numerous other environmental laws. Josh has extensive experience with federal and state worker safety and environmental agencies, including the U.S EPA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cal/Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs) and many others.