Amy Gaylord is a special counsel in Pillsbury’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources group and is located in the San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on complex environmental litigation, compliance and enforcement. Ms. Gaylord’s environmental litigation practice includes pursuing and defending claims pursuant to most major federal environmental statutes including CERCLA, RCRA, CAA and CWA as well as California statutory and common law environmental claims. In addition, Ms. Gaylord represents clients in administrative, civil and criminal environmental enforcement actions under federal and state laws.
In addition to her work related to litigation and enforcement proceedings, Ms. Gaylord also has a robust environmental compliance counseling and advocacy practice. Her experience includes work in the following areas: contaminated site investigation, remediation, and closure; water rights law, including appropriation permitting before the State Water Board; environmental due diligence and environmental support for real estate transactions including drafting representations and warranties, indemnities and other contractual provisions as well as advising regarding innocent purchaser-related defenses to CERCLA; UST and AST regulations and UST Fund claims; hazardous waste spill and release reporting; environmental permitting and variances before various regulatory agencies; hazardous material storage, disposal and transportation regulation; landfill closure requirements; waste and e-waste classification and disposal; and Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act regulation.
In addition to her work at Pillsbury, Ms. Gaylord spent two years as in-house environmental counsel for a multi-national energy company, where she provided a wide array of compliance and regulatory counseling and compliance advice. While in-house, Ms. Gaylord managed dozens of complex Superfund sites and hundreds of property damage claims. In that capacity, Ms. Gaylord's practice also involved managing several administrative, civil and criminal enforcement actions at the local, regional and state levels. Ms. Gaylord supervised matters in Washington (including matters under Washington's Model Toxics Control Act and the Puget Sound Initiative), Oregon, Arizona and Utah, as well as California.
In 2004, Ms. Gaylord completed an intensive six-week trial training program conducted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, after which she was certified as a volunteer deputy City Attorney. During a pro bono leave from Pillsbury in 2005, Ms. Gaylord worked full-time at the Los Angeles City Attorney's office successfully solo-prosecuting several criminal trials.
State Bar of California, Environmental Section Executive Committee (Co-chair of the 2013 and 2015 Environmental Law Section Energy Conferences; Co-author of 2014 Student Negotiations Competition Problem; and Treasurer-elect, Environmental Law Section, 2014)
Los Angeles County Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program ("TAP") - Los Angeles, California (Participant / Volunteer TAP Attorney, Fall 2004/Spring 2005)
"Environmental Enforcement 101: A How-To Guide to Responding to Agency Investigations," Presented by the Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Section of the Barristers Club, February 10, 2015
“Knock, Knock, Knocking on Office Doors: A How-to Guide to Responding to Environmental Enforcement Agency Investigations.” Presentation to the California State Bar Environmental Section Annual Conference at Yosemite on October 17, 2014
Yosemite Environmental Law Conference, 2013, “Doing the Deal: What You Need to Know When Buying or Selling Contaminated Properties”“Use and Introduction of Expert Evidence in California & Federal Court Climate Change Litigation” Presentation to Environmental, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees Joint CLE Seminar, LA County Bar Association, 4/2008
Best Advocate, UCLA School of Law Moot Court Honors Program, Roscoe Pound Tournament, 2000