Maureen F. Gorsen - Alston & Bird LLP

Maureen F. Gorsen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 213-576-1000

Located in Sacramento, Maureen Gorsen focuses her practice on providing strategic public policy, litigation and regulatory advocacy and counsel to product manufacturers, brand owners, industrial facilities and landowners. She represents clients in enforcement defense and regulatory compliance issues before administrative agencies in Sacramento and numerous state capitals, and provides international permit and compliance counsel on environmental, product and supply chain regulation issues. With laws governing corporate social responsibility on the rise, Ms. Gorsen assists clients in developing their corporate policies to meet sustainability, chemical supply chain transparency, anti-slavery and human trafficking, conflict minerals and related statutes. 

Ms. Gorsen is the former director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she directed the regulation of solid and hazardous waste and soil and water cleanups under CERCLA, RCRA, water and brownfields laws, as well as spearheaded the California Green Chemistry Initiative and the new laws governing toxics in products sold in California. 

Ms. Gorsen is the former general counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she oversaw policies and activities that enforce California’s environmental laws. She is also the former general counsel for the California Natural Resources Agency. Ms. Gorsen has been ranked in Best Lawyers since 2013.

University of PennsylvaniaBA 1986Johns Hopkins UniversityMA 1992Georgetown UniversityJ.D. 1993
ABA Pesticides, Toxics and Right-to-Know Committee ABA Administrative Law Committee Consumer Specialty Products AssociationTechAmerica International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse California Manufacturers and Technology Association

Case History

  • Successfully settled an EPA enforcement action against a client’s former subsidiary for hazardous waste violations at its facility in Union City, California, reducing the initial multimillion-dollar penalty request to $120,000.
  • Represented a client against violations of RCRA and the Clean Water Act in connection with the client’s chemical plant in Pittsburg, CA. Negotiations regarding the alleged surface water discharge and waste handling issues resulted in a $40,000 settlement.
  • Advise clients on EPA’s TSCA chemical data reporting rule.
  • Prepare web, document and product label disclosures under SB 657 and related human trafficking, conflict minerals and supply chain legal requirements.
  • Advise clients on Prop 65 compliance.
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  • Advised the client on green chemistry issues affecting their LEED green building certification regarding indoor air quality.
  • Develop litigation and regulatory advocacy strategy for a client and successfully suppressed new biological and genetic testing regulations by a state agency.
  • Secured for a client regulatory approvals for the residential use of a fully constructed mixed-use project in Oakland that was previously the subject of underground storage tank removals, remediation and soil excavation.
  • Developed regulatory and media advocacy strategy for a client and successfully obtained repeal of onerous NPDES permit conditions.
  • Successfully settle large multijurisdictional cases alleging improper labeling, packaging and disposal of consumer products.
  • Provide legal memoranda and opinion on eligibility of projects and products under the renewable portfolio standard, rechargeable energy efficiency standards, and carbon allowances under AB 32.

Office Location

333 South Hope Street, 16th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3004
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law