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CMBG3 Law’s Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) specialists

The new definition of a law firm in the risk analysis process

Other law firms touting ESG experience sell you on their corporate finance and governance experience. Where their experience ends, ours is just beginning. Every day, our professionals consult with major corporations and financial firms on environmental and social risk factors that cost companies millions of dollars. With CMBG3 Law, you’re not getting add-on advice on risk factors that we only dabble in – you’re tapping into our core areas of expertise.

We’ve already saved companies and financial firms hundreds of millions in losses and made investment opportunities more attractive by developing ESG programs.

You need us as your new partner in the ESG program process.

    Corporate Risk Practice

    Every day, we are asked by companies to help them identify current risks to their business practices and predict future risks, specifically environmental and social risks. This is our core service to our clients, and with over 300 years of combined risk assessment experience, we’ve saved mom-and-pop to Fortune 100 companies hundreds of millions of dollars in business risk costs.

    Financial World Trusted Advisors

    Our core ESG expertise makes us key advisors to dealmakers. We use our experience to help dealmakers identify ESG risks to portcos, investment portfolios and lendees that the subject companies may not disclose because they do not fully understand the risks that their business practices present. We help financial firms create ESG programs that make financial sense for their investments.

    ESG Specialists

    With our specialization in environmental (climate, carbon emissions, air and water pollution, waste management, toxic chemicals) and social issues, we are uniquely suited to help companies create ESG programs, assess ESG programs as part of an investment criteria, and ensure compliance with the program once it’s in place.

    Thought Leaders

    CMBG3 Law has partnered with private equity firms, capital providers, and investment firms on predictive risk analysis, including over 25 major firms in 2021 alone, through private in-house consultations and invitations to speak at in-house summits. We are regularly interviewed by and quoted by the media, including Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance, on ESG- related issues.

    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 Federal Trade Commission's current...

    ESG and Fashion: New York Takes Aim At the Industry

    ESG and fashion are certainly en vogue in 2022, at least with regulators and legislators. Yesterday, we wrote about the United Kingdom's intent to target the fashion industry in...

    Greenwashing and Fashion Industry: UK’s Next Target

    As the cosmetics industry bore the brunt of a pair of significant greenwashing lawsuits in the United States at the end of 2021, it is now the fashion industry that is the target...

    Greenwashing and the SEC: the 2022 ESG Target

    A recent wave of greenwashing lawsuits against the cosmetics industry drew the attention of many in the corporate, financial and insurance sectors. Attacks on corporate marketing...

    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 indicated an intent to designate...

    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 early 2021, the increased...

    John Gardella To Speak At Dealmakers M&A Conference

    Please join John Gardella on January 20, 2022 for the virtual Boston Dealmakers Conference. John will moderate a panel discussion of three prominent executives on the topic of...

    ASTM PFAS Changes Mean Significant Impact On Dealmakers

    In June 2021, we predicted that the American Society for Testing and Material (“ASTM”) would revise its existing "gold standard" for environmental due diligence - the Phase I...

    ESG’s Unintended Consequence – Lawsuits

    The Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) movement has existed for over 10 years, but has taken on exponentially greater importance in the corporate, investment and...

    ESG and Emerging Contaminants – Investors Beware

    The Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") movement has existed for over 10 years, but has taken on exponentially greater importance in the corporate, investment and...

    John Gardella


    Attorney Gardella is a recognized leader in the dealmaking world advising on ESG-related risks to corporations, P.E.s, V.C.s, portcos, banking lenders, and non-banking lenders. He has spent over 15 years advising companies on ESG topics. Attorney Gardella has provided his risk assessments and predictions to over 25 investment firms over the past year on a variety of environmental and social topics related to numerous verticals. He is regularly published in, interviewed by, and quoted by financial world publications, including Bloomberg. He was the only attorney named a thought leader in 2020 by the National Law Review on PFAS, an emerging chemical of concern to many in the corporate and investment worlds.

    Jeniffer Carson

    Managing Partner

    Attorney Carson has spent the last 20 years of her career consulting with companies, ranging from mom-and-pop to Fortune 500, on current and future risks to their financial stability based on emerging trends. She is recognized as a national thought leader on asbestos and talc related issues, and leverages her expertise to quietly resolve risks to companies in these areas to avoid formal litigation.

    Ryan Landis


    Attorney Landis has over 20 years of experience consulting with global-reach companies on risks to the businesses due to environmental, compliance, and emerging litigation issues. He specializes in assisting major corporations navigate Proposition 65 matters in California and avoid associated risks with this unique regulation, which has saved companies tens of millions of dollars in penalties and litigation costs. His decades of experience consulting with some of the largest companies in the world makes his expertise an incredible value-add to investment firm considerations.

    Kendra Bergeron


    Attorney Bergeron has over 15 years of experience consulting with companies on current and future risks related to chemical exposures, including a specialization in asbestos litigation risk matters. Her practice has led her to represent companies situated throughout the world, and she is regularly invited to speak on risk issues across the country.