Jeremy Esterkin provides counsel to clients in the energy, manufacturing, and other industries regarding environmental litigation and regulatory compliance matters. He has experience in substantive areas of US federal and state environmental law including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as common law causes of action arising from environmental damage and chemical exposure. Jeremy also advises clients on crisis communications to minimize litigation risk and reputational harm.
Jeremy has been at the forefront of some of the most complex and high-profile environmental matters in the country, including most recently the Aliso Canyon gas leak litigation. He is well versed in each stage of litigation, from pre-lawsuit fact-gathering through discovery, dispositive motion practice and trial. Jeremy also has experience helping clients navigate complex federal and state environmental regulations pertaining to the management of hazardous material, wastewater, and natural resources.
Obtained a favorable settlement for an energy utility whose power plant in Redlands, Calif., has been adversely impacted by perchlorate contamination in the local groundwater
Represented a large energy exploration and production company against claims of fraudulent transfer arising from a corporate reorganization and spin-off involving environmental and toxic tort liabilities at thousands of sites across the country
Counsels a Working Group of waste generators investigating and remediating the closed BKK Landfill in West Covina, Calif.
Defended a global energy company in a multiparty action arising from groundwater contamination in Los Angeles County
Obtained a favorable settlement for two corporate clients alleged to have contributed to a massive underground VOC plume in the San Gabriel Valley
Represented non-operating investors in the Macondo well in federal multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Represents energy and utility companies in connection with the allocation of liability for a closed hazardous waste landfill in Huntington Beach, California
Defends a global financial institution against allegations by US EPA of potential responsibility for mercury contamination at a Superfund site
Counsels a global energy company in connection with an investigation by state regulators into wastewater disposal practices
University of Pennsylvania, 2006, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2009, Juris Doctor
US District Court for the Central District of California
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Clerkship to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (2007 - 2007)
Awards and Affiliations
American Bar Association
State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
Executive Committee, Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
Ranked, Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Environmental Litigation (Southern California) (2015–2018)