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Michael S. McDonough

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Mike McDonough represents Fortune 500 companies, municipalities and private entities in complex environmental litigation, administrative and enforcement matters at the federal, state and local levels.

Mike’s practice focuses on defending enforcement actions, bringing regulatory challenges, litigating with and counseling clients on compliance with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission, among others. He has particular experience in the interpretation and enforcement of air quality regulations in California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, the largest and most sophisticated local air quality regulatory agency in the world.

Representative Experience

  • Ongoing representation of the nation’s top petroleum refiners in environmental permitting, regulatory and enforcement matters before EPA and California oversight agencies.
  • Administrative litigation on behalf of Valero Refining Co. to challenge denial of millions of dollars of emission reduction credits for proven voluntary emission reductions benefitting the entire Bay Area.
  • Continuing representation of a Fortune 20 retailer in environmental regulatory compliance and administrative enforcement matters for its facilities throughout California.

 Professional Highlights

Mike is a regular speaker on environmental regulatory and litigation trends, and he advises companies and industrial trade associations on developments in the environmental law. He frequently comments in Law360 and other media outlets on current events in the environmental field.

Honors & Awards

  • The Legal 500 U.S., Environment (2016)
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing (2013)

Education

  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1997
    Pepperdine Law Review(1995–1997)
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1993

Admissions

  • California

Courts

U.S. District Courts for Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, Southern District of California and Central District of California

U.S. Supreme Court

Michael S. McDonough is associated with the following items:
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare - Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare, Friday, October 20, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare - Climate Change Litigation: The Targets, the Cases, and What You Need to Know to Prepare, Friday, October 20, 2017
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