Lily N. Chinn

Section Chair - Environmental Safety & Incident Response - West Coast Partner

Lily Chinn

San Francisco

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  • Representation of a leading independent provider of services to the global power generation industry before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in connection with an investigation involving allegations of market manipulation and fraud in the sale of power to an independent system operator responsible for the operation of a region's electrical power system.
  • Representation of a global provider of labor and production services criminally charged in connection with a multi-fatality incident on an oil and gas production platform.
  • Representation of an energy company in connection with civil enforcement action involving alleged violations of state air emission regulations.
  • Representation of an international oil and gas services company in Suspension & Debarment proceedings before federal agencies relating to potential disqualification from participation in federal contracts and related subcontracts.
  • Defense of federal agency actions including Clean Air Act rulemakings, Clean Water Act permits and federal contributions to cleanups under RCRA and CERCLA.
  • Defense of various military agencies at trial against a $300 million citizen suit claim under RCRA and contribution claim under CERCLA. Miami-Dade County, Florida v. United States, 345 F.Supp.2d. 1319 (S.D. Fla. 2004).
  • Defense of multiple RCRA citizen suit claims involving contaminated properties against a number of federal agencies through summary judgment motions or settlements, involving sites with soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Representation of an oil and gas company under investigation for violations of state and federal statutes related to impacts on migratory birds.
  • Defense of a national chemical manufacturer in a six-month toxic tort jury trial and a three-week cost recovery bench trial involving groundwater contamination.
  • Representation of farmers in California's Central Valley seeking just compensation from the United States as part of class action takings claim.
  • Defense of a Class I railroad in a statewide Clean Water Act citizen suit litigation alleging unpermitted discharges of coal from railcars to the waters in Washington State.
  • Prosecution of Clean Water Act violations in California and Florida on behalf of the United States.
  • Representation of a national solid waste company in a successful challenge of a Solano County ordinance that illegally restricted the flow of solid waste in violation of the U.S. and California Constitutions.
  • Defense of corporate and individual clients facing civil and criminal investigation for a variety of environmental and natural resource issues.
  • Defense of federal agencies and corporate clients facing Clean Water Act enforcement actions by citizen groups.