ANDREW W. HOMER
Partner
(858) 795-0426 (858) 795-0426
ANDREW W. HOMER Partner
Andrew Homer focuses his practice on litigation, permitting, compliance counseling, and transactional support related to federal and state environmental laws and regulations.

Andrew handles high value environmental litigation and enforcement actions for both institutional plaintiffs and defendants.  Outside of litigation, Andrew also has significant experience with administrative proceedings, environmental review, project entitlements and approvals, and business transactions with environmental components.

Andrew maintains an active pro bono practice, and regularly represents indigent clients seeking asylum and/or other relief from removal from the United States.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Andrew worked in the San Diego, Los Angeles, and Houston offices of an international firm.  He also spent several years as in-house counsel for the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States.  In addition to overseeing environmental matters for that company, Andrew advised management on a diverse range of topics, including workplace health and safety; capital projects and finance; corporate governance; procurement; insurance coverage; securities law and disclosure; real estate transactions; real property licenses and easements; mergers and acquisitions; audits; public affairs; labor and employment; privacy; infrastructure; national security and information security; and California municipal law.  Andrew’s combination of private practice and in-house experience helped him to develop a pragmatic approach to serving clients and solving problems.

As a law student, Andrew was a judicial extern to the Hon. Jeffrey T. Miller, District Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.  He also worked for five years in business development in the environmental engineering and compliance software field.
 
Represent states, ports and other institutional plaintiffs seeking recovery and/or contribution and natural resource damages for significant historical contamination.

Conduct internal investigation for water system operator in connection with possible violations of environmental laws by former employee, including voluntary self-disclosure to California State Water Resources Control Board and cooperation/defense in connection with State’s parallel investigation.

Represent numerous states, municipalities, investor-owned water utilities, and industrial clients as plaintiffs in products liability and related litigation seeking cost recovery and damages caused by lawful use of materials that include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”).

Advise large biotech company on wastewater issues throughout California, including NPDES and National Pretreatment Program permitting and compliance and associated enforcement activity.

Represent largest wholesale nursery in California with respect to water rights and water supply transactions.

Represent small and large California school districts on environmental matters, including but not limited to Toxic Substances Control Act and Safe Drinking Water Act compliance and litigation.

Represent acquiring parties and targets with respect to environmental issues in complex mergers and acquisitions, including but not limited to deals involving companies in the natural resource industries.

Advise manufacturers and retailers with respect to nationwide chemical regulatory requirements, including requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act, California’s Proposition 65, and nationwide toxics in packaging laws.

Advise national retailers, distributors, and manufacturers on compliance with CalRecylce’s Extended Producer Responsibility / Product Stewardship programs and regulations, including but not limited to compliance with the California Mattress Stewardship Law.

Represent developer of low-income housing in connection with Brownfields transactions and site remediation.

Negotiate resolution of liability to United States and multiple states in connection with largest oil spill in U.S. history, including $20MM in Supplemental Environmental Projects.

Defend major financial institution in connection with threatened CERCLA enforcement action and counterclaims against the United States for cleanup at historical mining facility.

Represent major U.S. water utility in permitting and related litigation for large desalination facility.

Negotiate multi-party / stakeholder application to amend State Water Resources Control Board Cease-and-Desist order.
 
Industrial Environmental Association, Sustainability Committee, co-chair

American Bar Association Section of Energy, Environmental and Resources - Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, past vice-chair

California Lawyers’ Association, Environmental Law Section

American Bar Association, Section of Energy, Environment and Resources

About

Andrew Homer focuses his practice on litigation, permitting, compliance counseling, and transactional support related to federal and state environmental laws and regulations.

Andrew handles high value environmental litigation and enforcement actions for both institutional plaintiffs and defendants.  Outside of litigation, Andrew also has significant experience with administrative proceedings, environmental review, project entitlements and approvals, and business transactions with environmental components.

Andrew maintains an active pro bono practice, and regularly represents indigent clients seeking asylum and/or other relief from removal from the United States.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Andrew worked in the San Diego, Los Angeles, and Houston offices of an international firm.  He also spent several years as in-house counsel for the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States.  In addition to overseeing environmental matters for that company, Andrew advised management on a diverse range of topics, including workplace health and safety; capital projects and finance; corporate governance; procurement; insurance coverage; securities law and disclosure; real estate transactions; real property licenses and easements; mergers and acquisitions; audits; public affairs; labor and employment; privacy; infrastructure; national security and information security; and California municipal law.  Andrew’s combination of private practice and in-house experience helped him to develop a pragmatic approach to serving clients and solving problems.

As a law student, Andrew was a judicial extern to the Hon. Jeffrey T. Miller, District Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.  He also worked for five years in business development in the environmental engineering and compliance software field.
 

Experience

Represent states, ports and other institutional plaintiffs seeking recovery and/or contribution and natural resource damages for significant historical contamination.

Conduct internal investigation for water system operator in connection with possible violations of environmental laws by former employee, including voluntary self-disclosure to California State Water Resources Control Board and cooperation/defense in connection with State’s parallel investigation.

Represent numerous states, municipalities, investor-owned water utilities, and industrial clients as plaintiffs in products liability and related litigation seeking cost recovery and damages caused by lawful use of materials that include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”).

Advise large biotech company on wastewater issues throughout California, including NPDES and National Pretreatment Program permitting and compliance and associated enforcement activity.

Represent largest wholesale nursery in California with respect to water rights and water supply transactions.

Represent small and large California school districts on environmental matters, including but not limited to Toxic Substances Control Act and Safe Drinking Water Act compliance and litigation.

Represent acquiring parties and targets with respect to environmental issues in complex mergers and acquisitions, including but not limited to deals involving companies in the natural resource industries.

Advise manufacturers and retailers with respect to nationwide chemical regulatory requirements, including requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act, California’s Proposition 65, and nationwide toxics in packaging laws.

Advise national retailers, distributors, and manufacturers on compliance with CalRecylce’s Extended Producer Responsibility / Product Stewardship programs and regulations, including but not limited to compliance with the California Mattress Stewardship Law.

Represent developer of low-income housing in connection with Brownfields transactions and site remediation.

Negotiate resolution of liability to United States and multiple states in connection with largest oil spill in U.S. history, including $20MM in Supplemental Environmental Projects.

Defend major financial institution in connection with threatened CERCLA enforcement action and counterclaims against the United States for cleanup at historical mining facility.

Represent major U.S. water utility in permitting and related litigation for large desalination facility.

Negotiate multi-party / stakeholder application to amend State Water Resources Control Board Cease-and-Desist order.
 

Memberships

Industrial Environmental Association, Sustainability Committee, co-chair

American Bar Association Section of Energy, Environmental and Resources - Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, past vice-chair

California Lawyers’ Association, Environmental Law Section

American Bar Association, Section of Energy, Environment and Resources
Speaking Engagements