The Williams Law Corporation®
has a strong environmental practice. This includes air, soil, water,
storm water and groundwater contamination, Proposition 65, “private
attorney general” actions and toxic tort matters. This practice area
includes state and federal litigation oversight contamination and
obtaining variances and permits. The Firm also assists its clients in
evaluating voluntary clean-up alternatives, establishing internal
compliance procedures, and preparing for government inspections.
The Firm handles government civil and criminal enforcement, such as
negotiating Notices of Violations (NOVs) received from various
governmental agencies and proposed penalties, including the several Air
Districts and Regional Water Quality Control Boards in California, as
well as business misdemeanors and felonies.
Firm litigates matters nationwide involving cost recovery under the
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
(CERCLA or Superfund and SARA), clean-up under the Resource Recovery
and Conservation Act (RCRA), and other actions involving the Federal
Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Clean Air Act
(CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Coastal Zone Management Act
(CZMA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA),
the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Nationally, the Firm handles issues with the United States
Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Fish & Wildlife
Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Army Corps
of Engineers, as well as civil, misdemeanor and felony matters
prosecuted by the United States Attorney. In California, we handle
issues with the California Department of Fish & Game and the
California Resources Agency.
The Firm both prosecutes and defends asbestos and mold contamination cases.
We also represent developers with City and County Redevelopment
Agencies to remediate contaminated property and obtain recovery and
reimbursement of remediation costs, administrative costs, attorneys’
fees and costs to “clean-up” redevelopment areas with toxic
contamination. The Firm has significant experience in Polanco Act
The firm’s founder, J. Craig Williams, has taught classes at the
University of California, Irvine, in Toxics Law and The Regulatory
Framework of Toxic and Hazardous Materials. The Firm is capable of
handling chemical issues "from cradle to grave."