Maureen Bayer utilizes her unique background in environmental science and litigation in order to speak to both science and law. While environmental issues are often seen as a burden in business transactions, Maureen's philosophy is that environmental diligence is essential, does not need to stop the deal, and that there is nearly always a creative solution to capturing environmental liability.
Maureen's first case as an environmental litigator was representing the state of North Carolina at trial against the Tennessee Valley Authority for air pollution under a unique nuisance theory. A large part of Maureen's environmental litigation practice encompassed representing landowners in connection to contaminated property in CERCLA (superfund) litigation across the United States. Her practice since evolved into providing environmental counsel on transactions across a wide variety of industries.
Maureen's experience includes spending five years at a global environmental consulting firm. There she conducted environmental due diligence for transactions for industrial and private equity clients. Her experience further includes counseling clients on environmental regulatory issues and providing litigation support, acting as a liaison between counsel and expert witnesses.
Experienced in all aspects of litigation, from complaint through discovery, trial, and appeal in state and federal court. Worked on the largest Superfund sites in the country, including Portland Harbor, Passaic River, Duwamish Canal, Newtown Creek, Fox River, and the Gowanus Canal.
Involved in hundreds of transactions, advising clients on the environmental risks identified during due diligence. Industries represented include chemical manufacturing, wood treating, food and beverage, technology, industrial manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and distribution, entertainment and hospitality, and waste management.
Obtained stormwater, wastewater, and air emissions permits. Negotiated settlements with regulatory agencies for alleged violations of environmental laws. Transferred permits to new entities following change in ownership. Counseled clients on a wide variety of issues concerning compliance with state and federal environmental laws.
Admitted to Practice
J.D., Vermont Law School, 2007, cum laude
- Secretary, Environmental Law Society
- Co-founder, Protect Our Watersheds
M.S.E.L., Environmental Law, Vermont Law School, 2007, magna cum laude
B.A., Aquatic Ecology, Hampshire College, 2001
- Independent study at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies
- National Science Foundation Life Sciences Summer Undergrad Research Program Participant
Memberships & Affiliations
- National Cannabis Industry Association, 2018-2021
- Railway Tie Association, 2018-2021
- American Wood Protection Association, 2018-2021
- East Bay CREW, 2015-2016
- International Counsel for Shopping Centers, 2015-2016
- Bar Association of San Francisco, 2007-2015
- Contra Costa Bar Association, 2008-2015
- Compliance Specialist, EHS Support, Portland, Ore., 2015-2021
- Associate, Hunsucker Goodstein PC, Lafayette, Calif., 2008-2015
- Law Clerk, Natural Heritage Institute, San Francisco, 2006-2007