WHO WE ARE

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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