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Peter H. Weiner

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
San Francisco, CA, USA

Peter H. Weiner heads the West Coast Environmental practice of Paul Hastings. He splits his time between San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Mr. Weiner represents renewable energy companies and trade associations, real estate developers, manufacturers, and consumer products companies in federal, state and local environmental, energy and OSHA regulatory matters, litigation and legislation.

Mr. Weiner’s broad environmental practice focuses on “brownfields” development, species and wilderness protection, California Environmental Quality Act and NEPA (environmental impact reports), land use, Superfund, air and water quality, hazardous waste management, Proposition 65, pesticide registration and environmental insurance. He has represented both large and small clients before regulatory agencies at every level of government. He has also successfully defended clients in Proposition 65, Superfund and California Environmental Quality Act litigation. Mr. Weiner also has achieved significant legislative victories to promote renewable energy, brownfields development, and hazardous waste recycling.

Mr. Weiner’s energy practice includes representation of solar energy trade associations and wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass companies before the Department of Interior (including BLM) California Energy Commission, PUC, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Fish and Game, and land-use regulators.

Mr. Weiner’s OSHA practice is national in scope, including representation of employers in California, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Colorado and Washington, to name a few. Mr. Weiner was at one time an official with responsibility for the California OSHA program and taught federal OSHA law for seven years. Mr. Weiner also represents California businesses on prevailing wage matters.

Mr. Weiner received his B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1966, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his LL.B. degree from Yale University School of Law in 1970, where he served as a member of the Yale Law Journal. He also received a Master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics in 1967, which he attended as a Knox Scholar. Mr. Weiner is admitted to the California bar, various federal courts in California and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Weiner served in various capacities in California State government from 1975 until 1983, including special assistant to the governor for Toxic Substances Control and chief deputy director of the Department of Industrial Relations, which includes the California/OSHA and prevailing wage programs. In his capacity as special assistant to the governor, he participated in drafting more than 25 of the state’s basic environmental laws, including the State Superfund law.

Mr. Weiner has been a consistent appointee to California governmental advisory groups regarding environmental issues, including the Unified Environmental Statute Commission. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the DTSC Brownfields Revitalization Advisory Group, and the Statewide Advisory Committee to the University of California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Mr. Weiner sits on the boards of several nongovernmental environmental organizations, including the California State Parks Foundation and Coalition for Clean Air.


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