Dedicated California Environmental Law Firm Upholds Clients’ Rights
Experienced attorneys handle environmental law cases in the Oakland area
Environmental laws are designed to protect both people and the planet from actions that harm our environment. By regulating the management and protection of natural resources, these laws at the federal, state and local levels help to make the air we breathe and the water we drink safe for human and animal life. O'Neil Law Firm is committed to representing individuals and businesses in the Oakland area and throughout California in environmental law matters. We protect the rights of individuals and their communities to live free of harm by ecologically damaging practices, and we also help companies remain in compliance with these laws so that they can effectively conduct business.
Proven advocates defend your rights to a clean environment
Environmental regulations, which pit industry against communities and special interest groups, are ever evolving. Our attorneys remain updated on new laws and court decisions that affect conservation policies. Among the relevant laws we invoke to protect your rights are these:
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Environmental Quality Improvement Act
- National Environmental Education Act
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
- Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA/Superfund)
- Clean Air Act (CAA)
- Clean Water Act (CWA)
- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
If a business’s actions are threatening the health and safety of a community and its citizens, we will fight for your rights under one or more of these acts.
Established counselors help companies comply with regulations
Your company can avoid substantial costs, government interference and negative press by remaining in compliance with applicable environmental laws. Our attorneys work closely with your internal staff, engineers and scientists to perform audits that are good policy both for the environment and for your business. If your company has obeyed all relevant regulations and is unfairly accused of contamination or noncompliance, we will rigorously defend your business against unjust interference and assist you in the mitigation of damages.
Skilled lawyers pursue tort litigation
Some environmental transgressions are best fought in the courtroom. Tort litigation provides the opportunity for clients to force companies to obey the law and to mandate that they pay the expenses of rectifying the problems they caused. If you have been injured or sickened or your property damaged because of a company’s environmental negligence, you deserve compensation. In addition to federal legislation, we use common law philosophies, such as those against trespass and nuisance, to address your losses.