Peter’s practice is devoted to environmental and natural resource law. His practice includes assisting business clients in their regulatory compliance efforts under statutes such as the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response and Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Hazardous Waste Control Law (HWCL), California Hazardous Substances Account Act (HSAA), Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act, OSHA/Cal-OSHA and Prop 65.
As a legal counselor, representative and advocate, Peter strives to intimately understand each client’s situation and goals through careful listening and data evaluation to practically resolve technically complex environmental issues. He has successfully represented clients such as project developers, land owners, mining companies, local governments and non-profits, as well as manufacturing clients in the paint, plating, printing, lumber, glass container, automotive, chemical, semiconductor, technology and biotechnology sectors.
Representative matters include:
- Enforcement Defense and Litigation – Peter has significant experience defending clients against enforcement actions arising from compliance inspections by local, state and federal regulatory agencies. He has litigated these matters in both administrative and judicial proceedings, and obtained favorable results for his clients. Peter also represents clients in multi-party CERCLA contamination cases and has briefed appellate matters before the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit.
- Compliance Counseling and Transactional Matters – Peter has significant experience negotiating the environmental aspects of agreements and permits for development projects, remediation & mitigation projects, commercial leasing, access rights, and deed restrictions for environmentally-burdened properties. He counsels clients throughout all phases of a project and often serves as the bridge between his client and regulators involved in the project.
- Pro Bono Work – Peter has an active pro bono practice. Representative matters include advising non-profit legal services organizations on the siting of a co-digester facility near a vulnerable community, curbing illegal landfill operations emanating from leased Indian land to a migrant farm worker community, and damage claims of fisher-folk communities resulting from a catastrophic offshore oil spill. Peter received several awards and has been called upon media to comment on topics related to his pro bono service.
Peter received his law degree from UCLA School of Law (2001), and B.A. from UC Berkeley (1997). He is a founding member and former Chair of the Environmental Law section of the Alameda County Bar Association. Peter is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Air Quality
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Brownfield Redevelopment
- Contract Drafting and Negotiation
- Corporate Law
- Defense of Civil and Criminal Environmental Enforcement Matters
- Environmental Regulatory Matters
- Federal Environmental Law
- Hazardous Waste
- Land Use
- Petroleum Products
- Real Estate Development
- Risk Assessment
- State and Local Environmental Law
- Water Quality
- Construction Materials Suppliers
- Government Agencies
- Residential Real Estate Developers
- Shopping Center Owners