ANDREW W. HOMER
Special Counsel
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ANDREW W. HOMER Special Counsel
Andrew Homer is special counsel in Kelley Drye’s Environmental and Litigation practices.  Andrew focuses on litigation, permitting, compliance counseling and transactional support related to federal and state environmental laws and regulations.  He also has broad litigation and transactional experience in a variety of non-environmental substantive areas.

Andrew’s environmental work includes handling disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants with respect to environmental enforcement, liability and apportionment, cost recovery, and natural resource damages, and includes significant non-litigation experience with administrative proceedings, environmental review, project entitlements and approvals, and business transactions with environmental components.

In addition to his environmental work, Andrew represents companies in all phases of civil litigation in other areas such as commercial and construction contracts, acquisition and divestiture of assets, real property, water rights and water supply, intellectual property, and antitrust, among others.  He is adept at handling all aspects of discovery, expert discovery, and pre-trial motion practice in large cases, including experience with large Multi-District Litigations.  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 a large international firm, and also spent several years as in-house counsel for the California operating entity of the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States.  While his in-house experience primarily focused on environmental matters, Andrew was also responsible for advising the business on a diverse range of topics, including, among others: 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; California Public Utilities Commission approvals and rate cases; labor and employment; privacy; infrastructure; national security and information security; and California municipal law.  Andrew’s in-house experience, combined with his experience in private practice, have helped him to develop a broad view and 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.  These pre-admission experiences were formative and foundational to how Andrew manages his practice.
 
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 and Litigation practices.  Andrew focuses on litigation, permitting, compliance counseling and transactional support related to federal and state environmental laws and regulations.  He also has broad litigation and transactional experience in a variety of non-environmental substantive areas.

Andrew’s environmental work includes handling disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants with respect to environmental enforcement, liability and apportionment, cost recovery, and natural resource damages, and includes significant non-litigation experience with administrative proceedings, environmental review, project entitlements and approvals, and business transactions with environmental components.

In addition to his environmental work, Andrew represents companies in all phases of civil litigation in other areas such as commercial and construction contracts, acquisition and divestiture of assets, real property, water rights and water supply, intellectual property, and antitrust, among others.  He is adept at handling all aspects of discovery, expert discovery, and pre-trial motion practice in large cases, including experience with large Multi-District Litigations.  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 a large international firm, and also spent several years as in-house counsel for the California operating entity of the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States.  While his in-house experience primarily focused on environmental matters, Andrew was also responsible for advising the business on a diverse range of topics, including, among others: 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; California Public Utilities Commission approvals and rate cases; labor and employment; privacy; infrastructure; national security and information security; and California municipal law.  Andrew’s in-house experience, combined with his experience in private practice, have helped him to develop a broad view and 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.  These pre-admission experiences were formative and foundational to how Andrew manages his practice.
 

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
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