Liskow & Lewis Welcomes Clare Bienvenu
Liskow & Lewis is pleased to welcome Clare Bienvenu to the firm’s environmental group in New Orleans.
Clare is an experienced environmental regulatory and litigation attorney, who has practiced in both Louisiana and California. Clare counsels clients regarding regulatory problems spanning the major federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and NEPA, and advises clients concerning various state environmental statutes and regulations. Her regulatory and transactional experience includes assisting energy, petrochemical, and industrial clients in compliance matters concerning air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, land remediation, and renewable energy projects. She has significant litigation experience, including CERCLA cost recovery and tort actions for land contamination, tort actions associated with storm water damage, environmental products liability actions, and environmental insurance coverage disputes.
Clare has assisted clients in several substantial site clean-up matters. Her experience includes the representation of clients as part of potentially responsible party groups formed to negotiate cleanup orders and response actions with state and federal environmental regulatory agencies. In connection with these sites, she has worked with consultants regarding site evaluations and remedial alternatives to implement clean-up goals.
Clare represents clients in connection with administrative proceedings and agency enforcement actions. She has participated in consent decree negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, as well as settlement negotiations with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the California Air Resources Board.
Clare has counseled several non-California companies distributing or selling products in California regarding California Proposition 65 and the environmental aspects of California’s consumer products regulations.
Clare received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, where she served as senior notes and comments editor on the board of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University. She has practiced environmental law at firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to New Orleans.