Glaser Weil Partner Greg McClintock, recently ranked by Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year (2019) for Energy Law in Los Angeles, is consistently ranked as one of the country's leading environmental and energy law practitioners. He is credited with negotiating the consent decrees for many of the major Superfund sites on the West Coast and for spearheading environmental review for some of the nation's largest mergers and acquisitions. Selected to serve as lead counsel in cases that have established trailblazing legal principles with respect to Clean Air Act, CERCLA and RCRA application, he is routinely called upon to provide environmental guidance to the top petroleum, alternative energy and aerospace companies, as well as major real estate investment and manufacturing firms.
Mr. McClintock's practice includes legislative and regulatory advocacy, compliance counseling and transactional assistance, as well as representation at the trial and appellate levels in both criminal and civil environmental litigation. He regularly handles matters involving:
- hazardous waste and Superfund liability
- air and water pollution regulation
- energy and distributed power project permitting and regulation
- asbestos and mold abatement
- defense against asbestos injury claims
- ocean discharge and pollution
- Proposition 65 and other right-to-know requirements
- Brownfield redevelopment
- environmental permitting and NEPA/CEQA compliance
- toxic tort defense
- industrial facility sitting and closure
- fuel content regulation
- environmental insurance coverage and claim prosecution
His practice also includes compliance issues under California's green building standards, as well as advising clients regarding the emerging area of climate change regulation.
Mr. McClintock represents a variety of clients, from individuals to corporations and trade groups, in both state and federal courts. They hail from industries that include fuel and energy, aerospace, aircraft, auto, engine manufacturing, food processing, agricultural, transportation, school construction, metal finishing, chemical, paper manufacturing, waste handling and disposal, hotel, real estate and property development. His core strengths are the breadth of his knowledge in the environmental and energy fields and his dedication to providing clients with thoroughly analyzed, practical legal advice.
From 1991 to 2006, Mr. McClintock served as general counsel to the Western States Petroleum Association, providing legal guidance and litigation support with respect to the multitude of environmental issues confronted by the companies involved in producing, refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum and petroleum products in the western United States. Later, he assisted in spearheading the environmental due diligence review for Republic Services, Inc. in connection with its 2008 merger with Allied Waste Industries to form the second largest waste management and environmental services company in the nation, with a combined enterprise value of $16 billion.
Mr. McClintock received his bachelor’s degree from Loma Linda University and obtained his law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center. After graduating law school, he served as a trial lawyer and then an assistant to the Antitrust Division's Director of Operations at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., under the Attorney General's Program for Honor Law Graduates.
Mr. McClintock was a co-founder of the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar’s Environmental Law Section, where he served as co-chair of the Committee’s annual Yosemite Conference on California Environmental Law on several occasions. He was previously the chairman of the Business Law Institute's Annual Conference on California Environmental Regulation for 13 years.
Mr. McClintock is a member of the University Board for Pepperdine University and served as president of the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles for several years.
Mr. McClintock has been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA, Southern California Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who Legal as one of the leading environmental, natural resources and energy law practitioners in Southern California. He has also been listed by Euromoney Legal Group as one of the world's top environmental attorneys. He is a movie buff, a political junkie and enjoys surfing.
Served as general counsel to the Western States Petroleum Association, the trade group representing the companies involved in producing, refining, transporting and marketing petroleum and petroleum products in the western United States, a client Mr. McClintock continuously represented for over four decades.
Performed a lead role in negotiating the consent decrees that govern private sector clean-up obligations for the San Fernando Valley Superfund Site, one of the largest groundwater contamination problems in the nation, and at a number of other major Superfund sites in Southern California and Arizona.
Advised one of California's top cogeneration companies and other distributed power providers on various issues relating to their participation in the state's wholesale electric power market, administered by CAISO.
Represented the lead PCB defendant in United States v. Montrose Chemical Company, the first major natural resource damage action brought by the federal government on the West Coast.
Served as co-lead counsel in Engine Manufacturers Association v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately confirmed that only the federal government has the authority to establish emission requirements for new motor vehicles.
Acted as lead or co-lead counsel in Wilshire Westwood v. SCAQMD, Ascon Properties v. Mobil Oil Company and Cose v. Getty Oil Company, cases that established the definitive legal principles with respect to pleading requirements for a CERCLA claim and liability under that statute for refined petroleum product spills.
Served as a member of the attorney team that spearheaded the environmental due diligence review for Republic Services, Inc. in connection with its 2008 merger with Allied Waste Industries to form the second largest waste management and environmental services company in the nation, with a combined enterprise value of $16 billion.
Successfully defended the Southern California Pipeline Project against a permitting challenge under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Successfully challenged the scientific validity of a state ambient air quality standard.
Provided environmental and antitrust advice in connection with the negotiation of a long-term package lease of approximately 250 California service station properties to one of the major oil companies.
Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section, co-founder
California State Bar Environmental Law Section, former Executive Committee member
Business Law Institute, chairman
Pepperdine University Board, member
Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles, president emeritus
Honors & Awards
Recognized by Chambers & Partners USA
"Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2020
Southern California Super Lawyers, multiple years
Best Lawyers in America, multiple years
”Lawyer of the Year” for Energy Law in Los Angeles, 2014, 2016 and 2019
Who’s Who Legal
Listed by Euromoney Legal Group as one of the world’s top environmental attorneys