Laurie Berger is Special Counsel with Silicon Valley Law Group where she specializes in environmental regulatory compliance and litigation. Laurie represents manufacturers, developers, property owners and electronics companies. Her areas of expertise include hazardous and solid waste, Proposition 65, due diligence, vapor intrusion, land use, underground storage tanks, military base closure and reuse, municipal and hazardous waste landfills and conflict minerals. Laurie has deep experience with all aspects of CERCLA and the National Contingency Plan, as well as special experience with the environmental issues that arise in the solar energy industry.
Laurie has extensive experience overseeing environmental cleanups including regular interface with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and local agencies. She also has decades of experience with the California Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund.
Prior to joining Silicon Valley Law Group Laurie was a partner at Environmental General Counsel, and she has worked in-house for a publicly traded environmental consulting company and solar energy company.
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara with honors and distinction
U.S. District Court, Northern District
Women in Environment
San Mateo County Bar Association
Member (2017 - Present)
California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
California Lawyers Association Environmental Legislation Committee
Member (2000 - Present)
- Canal Street, Ltd. et al. v. Robert A. Sorich et al. (2000) 77 Cal. App. 4th 602 (Settlement tolls five-year period to reduce action to judgment overruling Varwig v. Leider (1985) 171 Cal. App. 3d 312.)
- Boyce v. Bumb (1996) 944 F. Supp 807 (Innocent Party May Maintain a Claim for Full Cost Recovery under CERCLA.)
- Camellia Park HOA v. Greenbriar Homes Co. (1995) 882 F. Supp 150. (Recoverability of attorney fees under RCRA.)
- In the Matter of Gilroy Associates (1993) TSCA Appeal No. 92-6 Environmental Appeals Board (Mistake of fact is a defense to a PCB violation under Toxic Substances Control Act.)
- Capogeannis v. Superior Court (1993) 12 Cal. App. 4th 668 (Applicability of Torts of Continuing Nuisance and Continuing Trespass to Former Owners of Contaminated Property.)
- Williams v. Leybold Technologies, Inc. (1992) 785 F. Supp 765 (Application of Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act to Manufacturer.)