ANDREW W. HOMER
Special Counsel
(858) 795-0426 (858) 795-0426
ANDREW W. HOMER Special Counsel
Andrew Homer is special counsel in Kelley Drye’s Environmental practice, where he focuses on litigation, permitting, compliance counseling and transactional support related to federal and state environmental laws and regulations.

Andrew spent several years as in-house counsel for the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States and on the business side of an environmental engineering software company. These, combined with his experience in private practice, have helped Andrew to develop a pragmatic and proactive approach to serving clients.

In addition to handling disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants with respect to environmental enforcement, cost recovery and natural resource damages, Andrew has significant experience with administrative proceedings, permitting and compliance, and business transactions including mergers and acquisitions. Andrew also maintains an active pro bono practice, and regularly represents indigent clients seeking asylum and/or other relief from removal from the United States.

Previously, 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.
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.

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 major desalination facility and negotiation of multi-party application to amend State Water Resources Control Board Cease-and-Desist order.

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 major 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.
 
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 is special counsel in Kelley Drye’s Environmental practice, where he focuses on litigation, permitting, compliance counseling and transactional support related to federal and state environmental laws and regulations.

Andrew spent several years as in-house counsel for the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States and on the business side of an environmental engineering software company. These, combined with his experience in private practice, have helped Andrew to develop a pragmatic and proactive approach to serving clients.

In addition to handling disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants with respect to environmental enforcement, cost recovery and natural resource damages, Andrew has significant experience with administrative proceedings, permitting and compliance, and business transactions including mergers and acquisitions. Andrew also maintains an active pro bono practice, and regularly represents indigent clients seeking asylum and/or other relief from removal from the United States.

Previously, 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.

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.

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 major desalination facility and negotiation of multi-party application to amend State Water Resources Control Board Cease-and-Desist order.

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 major 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.
 

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