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

ESG, PFAS and Emerging Chemicals: FTC Taking Aim?

Looking ahead to later in 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to review and update its "Green Guides", which "...set forth the...

PFAS TRI Reporting Expanded By EPA To 179 PFAS

On January 24, 2022, the EPA continued to expand the number of PFAS subject to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) with the addition of four PFAS to...

John Gardella Interviewed By Chemical Watch On PFAS Issues

Attorney John Gardella  was recently interviewed by Julia John, reporter for Chemical Watch, for her article regarding recent lawsuits against...

PFAS Risks and Construction Industry: Yes, EPA Actions Will Impact You!

We have repeatedly predicted that the EPA would seek to have at least two types of PFAS (PFOA and PFOS) designated as "hazardous substances" under...

PFAS Superfund Designation: EPA’s Latest Step Starts 90 Day Clock

On January 10, 2022, the EPA submitted a plan for a PFAS Superfund designation to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) when it...

PFAS SAB Hearings Raise Questions Over EPA’s Science

For four days in December 2021 and January 2022, the Science Advisory Board (SAB) held hearings on issues related to the EPA's proposals to regulate...

Cosmetics and PFAS: Industry Lawsuits a Lesson For ESG

Cosmetics and PFAS is a topic that saw increased scrutiny from the scientific community, legislature, and the media in 2021. As we predicted in...

PFAS In Products: ATSDR Cautions NH Residents

At the end of 2021, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) published a report regarding its findings and recommendations for...

John Gardella Invited To Speak At Prestigious Judicial Symposium On PFAS

John Gardella was invited to speak at the prestigious “Judicial Symposium on Scientific Methodology and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony“,...

EPA PFAS Testing Rule Finalized To End 2021

In February 2021, we reported on the EPA's action whereby it reissued the Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) that would have...

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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