Gary A. Meyer

Shareholder

555 S. Flower Street
30th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 683-6683


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Education

University of California, Los Angeles B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, 1975
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Departmental Honors
University of California, Los Angeles J.D., 1979
  • Member of the UCLA Law Review and Moot Court Honors Program

Practice Areas

Gary A. Meyer is an environmental law specialist who has been selected by his peers as a California Super Lawyer numerous times. Mr. Meyer joined Parker, Milliken in 1980, becoming a shareholder in 1986. In 1985 Mr. Meyer founded and since then has served as Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Department.

Mr. Meyer’s practice includes environmental litigation, both federal Superfund as well as state court cost recovery, toxic tort and property damage matters. Mr. Meyer has defended Fortune 500 corporations, their corporate officers as well as public entities in numerous high profile environmental administrative, civil and criminal enforcement matters. He also has significant experience representing public entities as well as corporate and privately owned industrial and commercial property owners, tenants and manufacturers in remediation, notice and disclosure and Brownfield matters, often in the context of the buying, selling, development and/or refinancing of real property.

For over three decades Mr. Meyer has successfully represented corporate clients in a number of California landmark environmental enforcement actions filed by prosecutorial agencies including the United States Attorney, the California Department of Justice, the Environmental Crimes Units of Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Meyer’s successful defense of one such action led to the California Appellate Court decision of Los Angeles Chemical Company v. Superior Court, 226 Cal.App.3d 703 (1990), which established a businesses’ constitutional right against warrantless or nonconsensual environmental inspections.

Mr. Meyer also has vast experience in non-litigation environmental matters, advising corporate and public entity clients, their in-house counsel and private property owners, lessors and lessees regarding all aspects of environmental compliance, reporting and disclosure, soil and groundwater remediation, and underground storage tank matters. Mr. Meyer has assisted many of his clients in obtaining “no further action” closure letters from government regulatory agencies.

Since 1985 Mr. Meyer has organized and chaired his firm’s annual Environmental Law Seminar, which, since its inception, has been attended by over 4,000 business, government and industry representatives. Mr. Meyer’s 32nd Annual Environmental Law Seminar, which is the longest running conference of its kind in California, was held May 13, 2016.

Mr. Meyer has served on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Environmental Law Section since 1996, chairing the committee in 2005-2006. Since 2008 he has also served on the Executive Committee of and is an Advisor for the Environmental Law Section of the California State Bar. In these capacities, Mr. Meyer frequently chairs and lectures at environmental conferences throughout California. For over a decade Mr. Meyer was an instructor in the UCLA Extension Hazardous Materials Certificate Program. He is also an author and editor of numerous environmental law publications, articles and newsletters, and a frequent lecturer to business organizations and educational institutions.