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Deborah Schmall

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Deborah J. Schmall is a partner in the Environmental practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Ms. Schmall advises and represents petroleum companies, life sciences companies, universities, developers, telecommunications companies, transportation companies, and other entities on a broad range of environmental regulatory, facility siting and closures, and remediation issues arising under federal environmental laws and their state counterparts, such as CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act (including the banking, acquisition, and trading of emissions credits), the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and others. Among her areas of focus is providing strategic counsel to developers and investors regarding significant brownfield projects, including the redevelopment of former federal facilities, and representing buyers, sellers, and investors in real property acquisitions and divestitures and in corporate mergers. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Schmall served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and as a trial attorney with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C.


Founding member and a former Executive Committee member of the California State Bar’s Environmental Law Section Member, Board of Directors of the Center for Creative Land Recycling Member, Advisory Board of Sustainable Conservation Member, Board of Directors of openhouse (a non-profit organization devoted to providing housing and services to LGBT seniors)


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1977 Pomona College, B.A., 1974

United States: Industry focus

Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Paul Hastings LLP has particular strengths in brownfield project and contaminated site matters related to real estate and energy developments. A standout highlight included acting for several affiliates of Lennar Corporation and Five Point Holdings in the $8bn mixed-use development of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Candlestick Point in San Francisco, namely dealing with allegations of fraudulent performance of radiological remediation by a Navy contractor; San Francisco-based Gordon Hart is leading that case. Department head Peter Weiner, who works between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, is retained by Boeing in a variety of matters, including the development and negotiation of a conservation easement for a 2400-acre contaminated site undergoing a RCRA cleanup. Another name to note is Deborah Schmall in San Francisco; she, along with Hart, is instructed by Related Companies in relation to regulatory matters concerning its $6bn 200-acre mixed-use development over a municipal landfill in Santa Clara.

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Environment: transactional

Within: Environment: transactional

Paul Hastings LLP¬†carried out environmental due diligence for RBC as lead initial purchaser of $650m senior notes offered by international hydraulic fracturing company Calfrac, and also assisted Korean company CJ Logistics with the acquisition of a majority stake in DSC Logistics, namely with regard to environmental issues identified at the target‚Äôs 32-acre Des Plaines facility. Washington DC-based Tom Mounteer¬†(‚Äėvery commercial, reasonable, thorough and hardworking‚Äô) led both deals. Peter Weiner¬†leads the team from California, and San Francisco-based Deborah Schmall¬†is another name to note.

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