John Edgcomb founded Edgcomb Law Group in 1995, marking the continuation and extension of a wide-ranging environmental law practice begun in 1983. In his 35+ years of practicing environmental law, John has represented Fortune 100 corporations, smaller businesses, government agencies, neighborhood groups, and individuals, bringing to all matters his focus on pragmatic, cost-effective solutions to highly complex sites and issues.
John has extensive experience in many areas of environmental law, including substantial CERCLA experience dating back almost to CERCLA’s inception. He continues to be involved in cutting-edge CERCLA matters, including two successful arguments on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in recent years. Additionally, he continues to assist clients throughout the United States at several multi-million dollar clean-up and site closure proceedings in negotiations with federal and state agencies. John has also counseled numerous clients on the management of environmental risks in the purchase or sale of many sites, either partially or fully remediated, including the drafting of environmental liability allocation terms. John also has extensive experience in working with insurance brokers and underwriters to procure and manuscript environmental liability and remediation cost cap insurance policies, and in pursuing claims on those policies.
John also has extensive experience representing clients at complex third-party disposal sites (e.g. hazardous waste landfills and drum handling sites) as part of, or adverse to, potentially responsible party (“PRP”) groups formed to collectively negotiate cleanup orders and other response actions with state and federal environmental regulatory agencies.
He further has experience handling natural resource damage claims, including his participation in the settlement of one of the earliest such claims asserted in the 1980s, through continuing involvement in ongoing complex estuarine claims.
John’s wide-ranging environmental practice extends to several other areas as well, including compliance advice regarding the transportation of hazardous materials, due diligence advice to property purchasers and secured lenders, land use and zoning litigation, trading of air emission credits, and surface mining control and reclamation issues, among others.