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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.

    PFAS and Environmental Justice Cross Paths Again

    Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report detailing its findings with respect to PFAS and environmental justice community impacts. The GAO utilized...

    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 such as on-site facility...

    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 ExxonMobile (Exxon) by the...

    McDonald’s ESG Board Battle Ends…For Now

    Last week, McDonald's scored a victory in a months long battle over the makeup of its Board of Directors that brought McDonald's environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

    SEC Anti-Greenwashing Rules Approved At Hearing

    On the heels of the Securities and Exchange Commission's ESG Task Force settlement order of $1.5 million with BNY Mellon Investment Advisor, Inc., the SEC on May 25, 2022,...

    ESG Task Force Climate Settlement Is First Of Many To Come

    Earlier this month, we wrote regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) ESG Task Force filing its first complaint against a publicly traded company for allegedly...

    SEC ESG Task Force Charges First Company For ESG Fraud

    We previously wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) committing in 2022 to pursue companies that misrepresent or otherwise present misleading information to...

    SEC ESG Changes: What Companies Can Do To Prepare

    On March 21, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to advance a set of proposed rules for climate-relate disclosure statements for all SEC-registered...

    L’Oreal PFAS Lawsuit Again Shows ESG Risks of Marketing

    In less than six months, L'Oreal has now found itself to be the target of PFAS lawsuits related to its mascara products. The latest L’Oreal PFAS lawsuit was filed in the New...

    SEC Targeting ESG Investing In 2022

    On March 30, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its 2022 Examination Priorities report. In the report, the SEC announced the areas for the year that it...

    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.

    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.