“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 U.S. Clare counsels clients regarding regulatory problems spanning the major federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, OPA, 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, including wind and carbon capture matters. Clare also advises clients on permitting and regulatory matters for new industrial development facilities. 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 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 where federal rulemaking challenges are heard.
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. . 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