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Brenda Hustis Gotanda is a partner with the law firm of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP and leads the firm’s sustainability practice group. She has over 25 years of experience representing and counseling business clients on environmental matters, including regulatory compliance, permitting, transactions, project development, and enforcement. She provides strategic guidance to clients seeking to reduce risk and enhance value by integrating environmental compliance and sustainability into their core operations. She also represents clients in agency enforcement actions.

Brenda’s practice addresses a broad range of complex issues involving the regulation of water, waste, air, and chemical substances and she has handled significant matters involving wastewater discharge and stormwater permitting, total maximum daily load (TMDL) development, and water allocation; site remediation and brownfield redevelopment; waste handling, treatment and disposal; business and real estate transactions, due diligence and contracting; occupational safety and health (OSHA); and spill prevention and emergency response. She also provides guidance to clients developing and implementing sustainability-focused projects and programs involving greenhouse gas emissions evaluation, lifecycle analysis, energy efficiency, renewable energy, battery energy storage, renewable fuels/RINs, green building, and green claims. She has represented clients in a diverse array of sectors including industrial and chemical manufacturing, electric generation and distribution, petroleum refining, rail transportation, real estate development, construction, commercial retail, academia, wastewater treatment, and waste management and recycling. She also represents a coalition of industrial and municipal wastewater dischargers.


  • 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 7400
    Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Three Bala Plaza East, Suite 700
    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
  • Cherry Tree Corporate Center, Suite 145-A
    535 Route 38
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08002


  • The University of Texas, J.D.
  • Boston College, BA, graduated 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, Hawaii
  • Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey, New Jersey


  • Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Environment, Energy & Resources Section - Former Chair and Board Member
  • Hawaii Women Lawyers - Member
  • ThinkTech Hawaii - Board of Directors
  • USGBC - Hawaii Chapter - Member
  • Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin - Board of Directors
  • Women in Renewable Energy - Member
  • Society of Women's Environmental Professionals of Greater Phila - Co-Founder & Director Emeritus

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Environmental Law

Special Focus

  • Administrative/Regulatory
  • Clean Water Act
  • Corporate
  • Counseling
  • Enforcement Defense
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Industry
  • RCRA/Hazardous Waste
  • Real Estate
  • Solid Waste
  • Superfunds/Environmental Remediation


  • The Best Lawyers in America listing (environmental law), since 2009
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers listings (environmental law/energy and natural resources), since 2010
  • Top 50: Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2020
  • Top 100: Philadelphia Super Lawyers listing since 2021
  • Top 100: 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

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