Environmental Regulatory Associate – Products-Focused Practice
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Location: San Francisco, California
Type: Full Time
Salary: Based on Experience.
Internal Number: 10-8-21-2
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. seeks an associate with two to four years of experience to join our firm at one of our seven offices. We are looking for an attorney who is a member of the California bar with substantial practice experience in California; residence in our SF office is preferred, but not a requirement.
The position will focus on environmental regulatory and compliance matters, with a focus on the United States and California, and with a primary focus on the firm’s product regulatory practice. Our products regulatory practice is global in its scope, and involves multidisciplinary work on products of all types, including electronics, batteries, chemicals, pesticides, plastics, and biotechnology. This is a highly dynamic field in one of the fastest-growing areas of environmental law (and beyond environmental law), and B&D is fortunate to advise a client base of some of the largest and most sophisticated companies and trade associations in the country on these issues.
The work involves support for our clients in topics like: market access; product development and premarket approval; responsible sourcing, supply chain, and transactional support; other ESG advice; chemical and materials restrictions; labeling, marketing and advertising; product safety; hazmat transport; reverse distribution and waste; and product stewardship and recycling.
Our work involves regulations and guidance from a range of federal agencies, so relevant experience would include work with regulations from EPA, USDA, CPSC, DOT, FAA, DOE, and FTC. California agencies include the regional air quality management districts, CARB, DPR, CalRecycle, DTSC, and OEHHA.
Experience in any of these California or federal product regulatory areas is strongly preferred, but candidates with familiarity with state and federal environmental regulatory programs or environmental litigation experience will also be considered.
Candidates must have the following qualifications:
J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school with excellent academic credentials;
Status as an active member in good standing of the bar in at least one state jurisdiction (admission to practice in California is a plus);
Strong analytical, research, writing and oral communication skills;
Attention to detail, strong organization skills, ability to work well under deadlines, and ability to assume significant client responsibilities;
Creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Beveridge & Diamond has more than 120 lawyers in seven U.S. offices. It is a top-ranked environmental law firm, and helps clients around the world resolve critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues relating to their facilities, products, and operations. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List.” U.S. News-Best Lawyers rates the firm as a Tier 1 nationwide firm for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. Chambers USA Guide to the Legal Profession lists the firm among national leaders in Environmental practices. For the third consecutive year, the firm has achieved Mansfield Rule Plus Certification, indicating that the firm considers women, LGBTQ+, minorities, and lawyers with disabilities for at least 30% of all significant leadership roles, lateral recruiting, and business development opportunities.
Beveridge & Diamond has a creative, team-focused, and respectful culture that enables flexibility and encourages entrepreneurialism, and the products regulatory practice in particular requires team members that are adaptive to ever-evolving products and regulatory developments.
Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Lindy Resh, Attorney Recruitment Manager, via the web application link.
Beveridge & Diamond has more than 120 lawyers in seven U.S. offices help clients around the world resolve critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues relating to their facilities, products, and operations. We focus on delivering outstanding client service and value through strategic advice, regulatory compliance counseling, transaction and land use support, or representation in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Our team includes former senior officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (including two former General Counsel), U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state resource and environmental agencies.
In addition, the firm and its professionals regularly garner accolades for pro bono and diversity accomplishments - areas in which we strive to demonstrate leadership and work closely with our clients and communities. In 2013, the firm received a Thomas L. Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for its leadership and accomplishments in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
Clients worldwide and from numerous industry sectors rely on us for adv...ice in all areas of environmental, natural resource, and land use regulation and transactions. We counsel clients on managing the full product life cycle – from raw material sourcing to production and distribution to reuse, recycling, and disposal. We also counsel on land and facility issues, and assist when matters require litigation and alternative dispute resolution. In every case or matter, we focus on efficiently and effectively securing the outcome that best serves the interests of our client.
Broad Issue Coverage for Products and Facilities
Key areas in which we advise and litigate for clients include:
Chemical regulation and risk assessment
Pesticides & agricultural biotechnology
Air regulation & permitting, including greenhouse gas emissions
Energy and industrial development
Land use and project development
Water quality regulation
Consumer product material restrictions, marketing and labeling
Wetlands and endangered species
Conflict minerals, timber, and supply chain management
Occupational health & safety requirements
International environmental regulation and governance
Environmental stewardship and sustainability
Environmental cleanups, waste management and citizen suits
Strength & Strategy for Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
In the litigation and alternative dispute resolution area, we couple our regulatory expertise with a deep bench of trial lawyers, including many veterans of the Department of Justice and federal judicial clerkships, to defend and prosecute actions including product protection and toxic tort, project development, defense of civil and criminal enforcement actions, citizen suits, challenges to agency action, contaminated property cases, and general commercial and insurance litigation. Our white collar team includes three former federal environmental crimes prosecutors and a former criminal investigator. We have decades of favorable results for our clients, through dispositive motions, trial, appeal, and settlement.
Firm Origins, Service Philosophy, and Recognition
The firm’s origins in 1974 and its decades of evolution parallel U.S. environmental and natural resource regulation. Founded by the first Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the firm’s attorneys include two former EPA General Counsel, an Assistant EPA Administrator for Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, the first Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and many other lawyers with decades of federal legal experience on environmental and resource issues. We and our clients have succeeded because of our focus, discipline, and perspective. We know where environmental regulation and enforcement has been and is going, and we help our clients prepare for the future.
The firm has twice been named to the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List.” U.S. News-Best Lawyers rates Beveridge & Diamond as a Tier 1 nationwide firm for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. Chambers USA Guide to the Legal Profession lists the firm among national leaders in Environmental practices.