Joshua A. Bloom

Partner

Tel: 510-495-0418

Jbloom@egcounsel.com

EDUCATION

  • University of Albany, SUNY

  • University of San Francisco, College of Law

  • London School of Economic and Political Studies

PRACTICES

  • Environmental Law

  • Land use

  • Climate Change and Green Initiatives

  • Water Law

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Josh 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.
 

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 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 Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), 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, Cal/Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs) and many others.

Josh's expertise also extends to military base transfers, including experience with the Presidio of San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Adak Island Naval Complex, Oakland Army Base, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, and South Weymouth Naval Air Station.

Before joining Environmental General Counsel, Josh was a partner with Meyers Nave in Oakland, and with other private law firms in San Francisco, and also practiced in Washington, D.C.  He also was Senior Project Staff with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, and worked as the public interface on CERCLA and RCRA issues with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2.

Professional Affiliations:

 

  • Member, The State Bar of California

  • Member, Environmental Law Institute Leadership Council (2016-present)

  • Executive Committee Member, Bar Association of San Francisco’s Environmental Law Section, 2011-present (Committee Chair, 2013)  

  • Advisory Board Member, Green Chemistry Clearinghouse, 2013-present  

  • Advisory Board Member, Prop. 65 Clearinghouse, 2012-present  

  • Board Member, University of San Francisco Environmental Law Student Association Advisory Board, 2013-present 

  • Chair (2006-2007) and Vice Chair (2004-2006), ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, Special Committee on Science and Technology 

  • Member, City of Rockville, Maryland, Stormwater Task Force (1992-1994)  

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