Alston & Bird LLP today announced the addition of veteran environmental litigator, Mark Johnson, to its Los Angeles office, joining the firm’s already highly regarded Environmental & Land Development Practice Group. Johnson brings with him over 30 years of experience focusing on environmental matters, including CERCLA, petroleum and hazardous waste contamination, toxic torts, air quality, public water supplies, Proposition 65, CEQA and the California Coastal Act.
“Mark adds an incredible wealth of knowledge and skill to the firm’s strong environmental bench,” said Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays. “His experience in one of the most cutting-edge jurisdictions for environmental law is invaluable to our bicoastal team.”
Johnson also has construction and real estate litigation experience in California, representing a wide array of private companies and public agencies.
“Mark brings vast substantive litigation experience and a broad service focus to the firm’s West Coast environmental practice, which will greatly benefit our clients in this space,” said Thomas Wingard, partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office.
Johnson earned his J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles, and his B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.
About Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson is a Los Angeles partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Development Practice Group who has trial and arbitration experience in cases involving a variety of construction, environmental and real estate issues. His environmental experience includes litigation concerning CERCLA, CEQA, RCRA, California Coastal Act and Proposition 65; toxic torts; petroleum and hazardous substance contamination; and misrepresentation of environmental conditions in real property transactions. He also routinely counsels clients regarding compliance with environmental statutes and regulations, hazardous waste clean-up projects, regulatory agency requirements, insurance coverage for environmental claims and environmental issues in real property and corporate transactions.
Mr. Johnson’s construction law experience includes litigation involving construction defects, professional liability of engineers, latent defects in real property, extra work claims, changed condition claims, delay claims, defective work claims, the California False Claims Act, bid protests, mechanic’s lien and stop notice claims, surety bond claims and landowner association claims. His construction law experience also includes negotiating and drafting construction contracts, as well as counseling concerning public contract bidding laws, stop notice and mechanic’s lien laws, contract obligations and remedies, and performance and payment bonds. His real estate experience includes various land use issues, landlord/tenant disputes, title issues, condemnation actions and unlawful detainer actions.