Environmental Matters

Our attorneys have been involved in major oil spills and Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act litigation in California. We also coordinate clean-up response, and represent vessel interests in civil and criminal penalty proceedings before courts and regulatory agencies. In Long Beach and Los Angeles criminal courts, we have negotiated the civil compromise of criminal charges brought against shipowners for oil spills, improper carriage of hazardous materials, and deficient shipping documentation. We have prosecuted CERCLA actions against cargo interests arising out of container spillage, defended against citizen suits under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and handled MARPOL penalty proceedings and appeals.