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Donald E. Sobelman ’91

Posted On - Oct. 17, 2019

Donald Sobelman '91Environmental law attorney Donald E. Sobelman ’91 has joined San Francisco office of Northern California legal firm Farella Braun + Martel as a partner.

“For over two decades, Don has had his finger on the pulse of California’s evolving environmental laws and regulations, helping his clients successfully navigate these complexities and – in many cases – uncharted territory,” said Firm Chairman Brian Donnelly. “We are pleased to welcome Don to Farella. His deep environmental law experience in California and track record of results adds additional depth to our well-respected environmental practice.”

Sobelman has tackled a diverse range of environmental law matters, including administrative proceedings and civil litigation in trial and appellate courts involving state and federal statutes (such as CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act); complex environmental/toxic tort litigation; contractual disputes and claims arising from environmental indemnities; compliance with local, state and federal regulations pertaining to hazardous materials, hazardous waste, water quality, and wetlands; and remediation, transfer/sale, and redevelopment of brownfields sites requiring investigation, risk assessment, and remediation to address vapor intrusion and soil and groundwater contamination. He conducts due diligence regarding environmental liabilities associated with real estate and corporate transactions and navigates developers through the CEQA process, including defending projects in both trial and appellate courts.

Sobelman is listed in both Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in the Environmental Litigation category. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School (1996) and his B.A., summa cum laude, from UCLA. He is admitted to practice in all California federal district courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.