Chris Amantea is the Managing Partner of our Los Angeles office. He focuses his practice on environmental, transactional and judicial proceedings as well as product liability claims action and other complex litigation.
Chris has successfully represented clients in matters involving hazardous substances, air and water quality, land use, toxic torts and other environmental matters, including state and federal Superfund liability, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting and compliance issues, California's Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) and hazardous waste regulatory issues.
Chris’ trial experience includes matters in both state and federal courts. He has argued several cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit including a case that was argued before an en banc panel of the court. He also has extensive experience in resolving environmental matters through mediation and arbitration proceedings, and working with various state and local environmental agencies.
Chris is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Litigation and Environment, Energy and Resources Sections of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and a member of the Disability Rights Legal Center’s Board of Directors.
Chris has authored numerous articles on environmental and energy issues. He is also a national contributing author for the environmental chapters of Thomson-West’s Business Law Deskbook series including the California Business Law Deskbook. Chris was recently quoted by Law360 on the Toxic Substances Control Act in “Environmental Regulation To Watch In 2013” and “Calif.’s New Green Chemistry Draft Won’t Ease Cos.’ Concerns.” He is recognized in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America for his environmental work.