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Laurie Berger

Partner/Co-Founder

 

Tel: (510) 495-1407

Lberger@egcounsel.com

EDUCATION

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

  • University of California, Hastings College of Law

PRACTICES

  • Environmental Compliance

  • Contaminated Sites

  • Permitting and Enforcement

  • Hazardous Waste

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Laurie specializes in environmental compliance. She has worked as an attorney in private practice and in-house for two publicly-traded companies.   

 

Her areas of expertise include hazardous and solid waste; municipal and hazardous waste landfills; Superfund sites; universal and electronic waste; underground storage tanks; land use controls; Proposition 65; military base closure and reuse; and conflict minerals. She has compliance expertise with TSCA, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and state hazardous waste laws. Laurie has special experience with the environmental issues that arise in the solar energy industry.

 

Laurie has extensive experience overseeing environmental cleanups including regular interfacing with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and local agencies.  She also has decades of experience with the California Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund.

 

As an attorney at a leading environmental consulting company, Laurie provided legal support to the United States Navy regarding site remediation at Navy bases throughout California including Treasure Island, Hunters Point, Alameda and Concord.  

 

While in private practice, Laurie was the attorney of record for several environmental cases including Capogeannis v. Superior Court, (1993) 12 Cal. App. 4th 668 (a key California case addressing the applicability of the torts of continuing nuisance and continuing trespass to former owners of contaminated property).  Laurie’s other published decisions include:

 

  • Williams v. Leybold Technologies, Inc., (1992) 784 F. Supp. 765 (Application of Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act to manufacturer).

  • In the Matter of: Gilroy Associates, (1993) TSCA Appeal No. 92-6 Environmental Appeals Board (PCB violation under Toxic Substances Control Act).

  • Camellia Park HOA v. Greenbriar Homes Co., (1995) 882 F. Supp. 150. (Recoverability of attorney fees under RCRA).

  • Boyce v. Bumb, (1996) 944 F. Supp. 807. (Innocent party may maintain a claim for full cost recovery under CERCLA).

  • Canal Street, Ltd. v. Sorich (2000) 77 Cal.App.4th 602 (Dismissal under five-year statute improper where settlement reached).

 

Laurie has served for many years on the California State Bar Environmental Legislation Committee where she reviews environmental legislation pending before the California State Legislature.