ABOUT OUR FIRM

Our firm represents property owners and businesses in environmental litigation and as advisors for matters involving soil and groundwater remediation, Clean Water Act citizen suits, Water Board 13304 and 13267 orders, and more.

We work with our clients to identify the best strategies for their needs. What matters most is our clients’ comfort level and for them to know they have a supporter, advisor, and advocate in their corner. We help our clients assess their risks and liabilities, develop a strategy, and then see it through to the end.

 

Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies and national corporations to individual landowners and small businesses. For some, the best result is to minimize financial liability. Other clients seek quick resolution without endangering their reputations, causing unnecessary stress, or damaging their relationships with regulatory agencies. Others simply want a second opinion. But when the need arises, we are prepared to litigate in state and federal court, and all the way through appeal.

We have represented or worked alongside of a wide variety of local, state and federal agencies, including U.S. EPA, State Water Resources Control Board, various Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Air Resources Board, U.S. Department of Justice, and the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

ATTORNEYS

At age five, Jennifer Novak decided she had two goals: to be a lawyer and to be a mom. She’s proud to have achieved both. Jennifer is a second-generation California female attorney, who has practiced litigation across a broad spectrum of fields since 1996. As a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, she handled cutting-edge legal issues in matters valued in the hundreds of millions and billions of dollars on behalf of the People of the State of California. Now back in the private sector, she founded this law firm to be of service to people who understand the importance of environmental laws but want to keep the regulatory process fair for those who take compliance seriously.

Based upon her experience representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 and national companies, to retirees who operated manufacturing businesses decades ago, she understands the stress and uncertainty that a threatened (or actual) lawsuit brings. Jennifer believes in demystifying environmental laws, providing comfort through stressful times, and working alongside her clients to fight for them every step of the way.

When Jennifer is not managing the firm or representing her clients, you’re likely to find her supporting her son at high school basketball and baseball games, trying to be brave after sending her daughter off to college, volunteering her time to work with students, cleaning up beaches, sorting food donations, and leading the California Lawyers Association’s Environmental Law Section through a pandemic.

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley – 1993
University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law – 1996

PUBLICATIONS

“A Trial Preparation Checklist,” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Feb. 2002

“The Value of Simplifying Case Presentation,” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Feb. 2005 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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PUBLISHED CASES

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Megan Meadows has been practicing in California for more than 10 years and recognizes and values the need for creative and sustainable solutions for clients. In the context of litigation and administrative matters Ms. Meadows has worked extensively with many federal, state, and local environmental regulations (including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act), and has relished researching and advising on novel and unique questions of environmental law. Her primary goals are to get clients the best solutions possible, and to pass along her love for the law in the process.

Megan ran track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was featured as a subject in the 2007 documentary “A Lawyer Walks into a Bar” which won the Grand Jury Prize at South by Southwest.

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—1998
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles—2006

PUBLICATIONS

“Getting Clients in the Door: How a Client Can Find the Door Even When It’s Off the Beaten Path,” published in “the Practitioner,” the Solo & Small Firm Section of the California Lawyers Association, Winter 2020 Volume 26, Issue 2.

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The Law Office of Jennifer F. Novak is certified as a small business enterprise and as a woman-owned, minority-owned, business.