“Environmental law is all about the details, but it also demands an eagle eye perspective on the matter as a whole. My engineering background sets me up to dig in deep, while my legal expertise allows me to strategize to reach my client’s ultimate goal.”
Clare Bienvenu is an environmental regulatory and litigation lawyer who has practiced in both Louisiana and California, working with clients across the United States. Clare counsels clients regarding complex environmental regulatory, enforcement, and permitting issues spanning the range of federal and state environmental laws. Clare additionally facilitates the permitting and regulatory aspects of developing new facilities on behalf of energy, petrochemical, and industrial clients. Her substantive environmental experience includes air permitting, hazardous waste regulation, land remediation, land use regulation, coastal regulation, carbon sequestration projects, and renewable energy projects.
Clare has played a key role in various administrative matters, proceedings, and enforcement actions. She has participated in consent decree negotiations and the termination of consent decrees 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 also represented clients in permitting matters involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management. She also advises on environmental justice considerations in the context of agency permitting.
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.
She has significant litigation experience, including CERCLA cost recovery and tort actions for land contamination, oil spill-related actions, tort actions associated with storm water damage, and environmental products liability actions.
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 is admitted to the California bar and is admitted to practice in both federal and state courts in California. Clare also works with companies and trade associations in agency rulemaking processes and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She has practiced at environmental law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to New Orleans.
Practiced at environmental law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to New Orleans.
Regularly draws on her engineering background to assist clients in environmental matters.
Practices in emerging renewable energy law, including wind and carbon capture and sequestration