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Peter A. Nyquist

Alston & Bird LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Pete Nyquist is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice focuses exclusively on environmental law, with an emphasis on federal and state Superfund and contaminated site cleanups, environmental litigation, water quality issues, brownfield redevelopment, and transactions involving the acquisition, disposition or financing of
environmentally-impaired assets.

Pete represents an array of clients in all aspects of environmentallyimpaired sites. This includes strategic advice regarding the investigation, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites. He routinely interfaces with agencies such as USEPA Region IX, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and various Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and has appeared in numerous administrative proceedings before these and other agencies. Pete was appointed by the Director of the DTSC as an inaugural member of its Brownfield Revitalization Advisory Group, which he has participated in since 2007.

Pete has also represented clients in connection with numerous USEPA Region IX and state Superfund, RCRA and sediment cleanup sites. His broad litigation experience extends to federal and state courts, including successfully defending cost recovery, toxic tort and citizens´ suits. See, e.g., Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. Unocal Corp., 287 F. Supp 2d. 1118 (C.D.Cal 2005), aff’d at 433 F. 3d 1260 (9th Cir. 2006) (granting client summary judgment in favor of client and establishing NCP compliance as prima facie element of cost recovery claim under CERCLA).

Additionally, Pete advises various clients regarding compliance with the federal Clean Water Act, state NPDES storm water permit requirements, as well as groundwater quality and cleanup requirements under California’s Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act. His experience includes successful challenges and administrative appeals of agency determinations, as well as subsequent writ actions in California trial courts.

Finally, Pete regularly advises lenders and entities engaged in the financing, acquisition or disposition of environmentally-impaired assets, including cost-effective diligence reviews, analysis and transactional support.

Pete is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Who’s Who Legal: California as among the top environmental practitioners in California. He has also been named a “Super Lawyer” since 2005 and is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Pete received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1995, where he was the Executive Editor of the Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991

University of California, Davis
(J.D. 1995)
University of California, Los Angeles
(B.A., magna cum laude, 1991)

Admitted to Practice

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