Compliance & Litigation

CMBG3’s Comprehensive

Environmental Services

Meeting Compliance

Identify legislation that will impact your business and recommend action steps to avoid disruption of business

Help clients develop comprehensive compliance programs to lower risk and reduce costs


Specialists in California’s Proposition 65, which regulates over 900 chemicals and requires detailed compliance steps from companies that sell, distribute, or manufacture
products in California

Suzanne Englot, former Environmental Health and Safety Consultant, provides unique
expertise to ensure regulatory compliance

Health & Safety

Develop ways to integrate regulatory compliance systems with environmental
monitoring and measuring

Help clients achieve compliance objectives with health and safety training and

Create policies and procedures that encompass employee health and safety

Help companies with workplace violations achieve quick compliance

Environmental Litigation

Examples of environmental litigation cases that we have handled include:


Post-fire contamination cases


Hazardous waste site cleanup cases


Transportation of hazardous waste cases


Underground oil tank and boiler release cases


Land, property, and water contamination, including CERCLA claims


PFAS contamination


Prop 65 litigation cases


in Numbers

EPA’s PFAS Health Advisories Set This Morning

In October 2021, the EPA released its PFAS Roadmap, which stated explicit goals and deadlines for over twenty action items specific to PFAS. As part...

John Gardella Speaks On Future PFAS Litigation At Perrin

On June 14, 2022, John Gardella spoke at Perrin Conference's Environmental Risk and PFAS Litigation Conference, at which he address the subject of...

California PFAS Laws Take Aim At Consumer Goods

The end of May 2022 saw two new significant California PFAS laws make their way through the legislature, taking significant steps forward to...

Environmental Justice Enforcement Actions To Increase By EPA

The EPA recently indicated that it will ramp up its activity with respect to environmental justice enforcement initiatives using pre-pandemic tools...

ESG Climate Lawsuit Allowed To Proceed In MA

On May 20, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld a Massachusetts state court decision to allow an ESG climate lawsuit to proceed against...

PFAS Products Ban Set To Hit Colorado

A PFAS products ban bill now sits on the desk of the governor of Colorado, the last step before the piece of legislation becomes state law. The...

PFAS and Waste Industry CERCLA Concerns

We previously provided an update regarding the EPA’s notification to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that it intends to move...

DOJ’s Environmental Justice Policies Strengthened

On May 5, 2022, The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced two significant steps in addressing environmental justice issues, including unveiling a...

SAB PFAS Report May Be Finalized This Week

We previously commented on the significance of the four days of hearings held by the Science Advisory Board (SAB) on issues related to the EPA’s...

John Gardella To Speak On PFAS Issues For AM Best

On May 18, 2022 at 2pm EDT, John Gardella will speak on a virtual AM Best webinar entitled "Impact of Regulatory Changes on the Insurance...

Regulated chemicals for which we counsel clients

Team members specializing in environmental issues

States in which we represent clients for environmental issues

Experts in California’s Prop 65 regulations

Overturning Massachusetts DEP’s Decision to Levy Fines

Our client was a light industrial company that, due to the nature of its work, stored several types of liquid and chemical waste on its property for later disposal. A fire damaged a large portion of the company building where the chemicals were stored. It was determined to be an accidental fire; however, the fire caused several containers of chemicals to explode, leading to contamination of the company’s land. The Massachusetts DEP investigated the chemical runoff from the fire and alleged that the chemicals had permeated public land and waterways at levels above allowable concentrations. Our investigation of surrounding industrial sources of pollution, our site inspections, and soil and water samples performed by an expert LSP enabled us to write a comprehensive response report to the DEP showing that the chemical pollution was confined to the company’s property and had likely never contaminated public soil or waterways. With our report and negotiations with the DEP, the agency dismissed the Notice of Responsibility against our client, thereby saving our client thousands of dollars in fines.

California Team

W. Joseph Gunter


Christine D. Calareso

Partner & Director of California Offices

Luis A. Barba

Supervising Partner - Irvine

Gilliam F. Stewart

Senior Counsel

New England Team

John P. Gardella


Bryna Rosen Misiura


Alexandra M. Fraher


Jessica L. Deyoe


How We Can Help You

While all of our attorneys litigate environmental cases, should you need help with an issue in a specific state in which we regularly handle environmental legal matters, please contact

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