JENNIFER F. NOVAK
THE LAW OFFICE OF
We help businesses and property owners navigate the complex world of environmental law and regulations to help them understand their compliance needs and assist when they are threatened with a lawsuit or government enforcement actions.
Our clients face challenges with contaminated groundwater and soil, permitting, worker protections, and deciding what type of investigation or remediation works best for their situation. We help ensure they comply with the law while protecting their bottom line and work to provide management strategies and options to their shareholders and board members.
Not all clients are the same. Some need counseling, some need to understand how the regulatory system works, some need a more aggressive litigator to push their results forward. We treat each client individually to find the best solution for their needs and expectations. Sometimes that means we settle rather than fight where clients may place a value on eliminating the stress of litigation or enforcement. Sometimes that means a full court press into litigation. Regardless of the approach, our clients are partners in these decisions.
Being a small firm means we can be selective in who we take on as clients. We are fortunate to have clients that we respect, enjoy working with, and trust. At the same time, being a smaller firm means we have fewer hurdles or obstacles to face when deciding to help a new client. Generally speaking, we can help the people who need our help.
Our past and present work has always been diverse. We cover a wide range of environmental matters at the local, state, and federal levels and represent plaintiffs and defendants, the regulated community and environmental non-profits. Over the past fifteen years, we’ve dealt with a variety of environmental issues–water quality permitting and enforcement, soil and groundwater remediation, air quality, endangered and threatened species, CEQA, fishing rights, nuisance, fire suppression cost recovery, and
“WHAT I LEARNED AND LIKED”
TEMPLE CITY, CA -- Our clients purchased commercial property as a retirement investment before deciding to sell it a few years later. They owned and leased out the property without incident or indication of an on-site problem. Yet, thirty years later, they were listed as potentially responsible parties on a draft Cleanup and Abatement Order arising from contamination that pre-dated their purchase – they’d had no idea it was there.