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In the 21st Century, environmental regulation has become a top priority in all industrialized nations, and it is an increasingly emerging focus in developing nations. Understanding and anticipating those requirements is indispensable to corporate survival.
Mike McDonough represents Fortune 500 companies, municipalities and private entities in complex environmental litigation, administrative and enforcement matters at the federal, state and local levels.
Mike’s practice focuses on defending enforcement actions, bringing regulatory challenges, litigating with and counseling clients on compliance with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission, among others. He has particular experience in the interpretation and enforcement of air quality regulations in California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, the largest and most sophisticated local air quality regulatory agency in the world.
Ongoing representation of the nation’s top petroleum refiners in environmental permitting, regulatory and enforcement matters before EPA and California oversight agencies.
Administrative litigation on behalf of Valero Refining Co. to challenge denial of millions of dollars of emission reduction credits for proven voluntary emission reductions benefitting the entire Bay Area.
Continuing representation of a Fortune 20 retailer in environmental regulatory compliance and administrative enforcement matters for its facilities throughout California.
Mike is a regular speaker on environmental regulatory and litigation trends, and he advises companies and industrial trade associations on developments in the environmental law. He frequently comments in Law360 and other media outlets on current events in the environmental field.
Honors & Awards
J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1997
Pepperdine Law Review(1995–1997)
B.A., Stanford University, 1993
U.S. District Courts for Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, Southern District of California and Central District of California
U.S. Supreme Court