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Emily L. Murray

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Representative Matters

Land Use 

  • Developer. Represented developer in environmental review process, including preparation of an environmental impact report, for a major mixed-use development of more than 1 million square feet in Hollywood.
  • Equity Partner. Represented equity partner in assessment of entitlements, permitting process, and CEQA review for proposed mixed-use development.
  • Food Distribution Company. Represented company in protecting confidential information contained in a bid proposal to a state agency from disclosure pursuant to CPRA request propounded by a competitor.
  • Rental Car Company. Represented rental car company in relocation of rental car facilities at LAX, including preparation of environmental documentation under CEQA.
  • Retail Operator. Represented owner of retail establishment in administrative proceedings concerning selection of an operator for associated City-owned parking facility in Hollywood.
  • Technology Company. Represented technology company in protecting their confidential information from disclosure to competitors or other members of the public pursuant to CPRA and FOIA requests to state and federal agencies.
  • Technology Company. Represented technology company with regard to land use, environmental, and NEPA compliance issues in negotiation of 40-year lease of more than 40 acres of unimproved land to construct up to 1.2 million square feet of offices and research and development facilities.
  • Technology Company. Represented technology in connection with entitlements and CEQA compliance for development of 595,000 square foot, state of the art campus.
  • Telecommunications Company. Represented telecommunications companies and tower companies in a variety of contested land use and permitting matters.

Litigation and Enforcement

  • Alfaville LLC v. L.A. Signal, et al. (U.S. District Court). Represented landowner in federal court litigation brought under CERCLA regarding historical contamination of property.
  • City of Hesperia v. Lake Arrowhead Community Services District, et al. (California Superior Court, California Court of Appeals). Represented real party in interest in mandamus action challenging community services district approval of solar project and subsequent appeal.
  • City of Riverside v. Black & Decker (US) Inc., et al. (California Superior Court). Represented private party in state court litigation concerning alleged perchlorate contamination of Riverside drinking water wells.
  • Coppola, et al. v. Smith, et al. (U.S. District Court). Represented landowner in multi-party federal court litigation brought under CERCLA, HSAA, and state law common law theories regarding contamination of regional groundwater with PCE.
  • County of Madera v. City of Fresno (California Superior Court). Represented real party in interest developer in CEQA litigation.
  • East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice v. US Polymers, Inc. (U.S. District Court). On behalf of industrial firm, negotiated written agreement by community group to withdraw notice of intent to file a citizen suit under the Clean Water Act.
  • Former Chicago Musical Instruments Site. Represented landowner in administrative resolution of DTSC claim for reimbursement of response and oversight costs in connection with contaminated site.
  • Hiatt, et al. v. AGC Incorporated, et al. (California Superior Court). Represented defendant product manufacturer in asbestos litigation.
  • Kerikeri v. City of Los Angeles, et al. (California Superior Court). Represented landowners in litigation concerning future street dedication and related easements.
  • O'Brien v. Los Angeles Community College, et al. (California Superior Court). Represent prior landowner in toxic tort personal injury matter filed by former tenant of neighboring landowner.
  • Oil and Gas Company. Represented oil and gas company in administrative enforcement action brought by Regional Water Quality Control Board with regard to crude oil impacted soil stockpiles. 
  • People v. Fragrant Jewels, LLC (California Superior Court). Represented landowner in criminal enforcement action concerning alleged discharge of hazardous waste to storm drain.
  • People v. New Era (California Superior Court). Represented landlord in criminal enforcement action concerning alleged environmental code violations by tenant.
  • Santa Barbara Channelkeeper v. Santa Barbara Polo Club (U.S. District Court). Represented owner of private polo club in Clean Water Act citizens suit alleging violations of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation stormwater regulations. 
  • State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control v. Westside Delivery LLC, et al. (U.S. District Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). Represented landowner in successful summary judgment defense of CERCLA cost recovery action brought by DTSC and subsequent appeal.
  • The Right Site Coalition vs. Los Angeles Unified School District (California Superior Court, California Court of Appeals). Represented respondent school district in CEQA litigation, including successful appeal of attorneys fee award in Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court.
  • United States of America, et al. v. HVI Cat Canyon Inc. (U.S. District Court.) Represented oil and gas company in civil penalty and cost recovery action brought by the United States under the Clean Water Act and by various California state agencies under state law concerning alleged oil spills and violations of oil pollution prevention regulations.
  • Wishtoyo Foundation, et al. v. Magic Mountain LLC, et al. (U.S. District Court). Represented adjacent landowner with respect to third party claims alleging contribution to stormwater discharge violations in Clean Water Act citizen suit.