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Kenneth A. Ehrlich

Partner – Environmental, Coastal Act, Land Use, Insurance Recovery, Renewable Energy/Climate Change
(310) 746-4412
Areas of Practice 
Land Use and Environmental

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis, magna cum laude

Ken Ehrlich represents clients in all aspects of environmental litigation, regulatory, and administrative matters in state and federal courts and agencies, including CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, CEQA, Coastal Act, common law claims and related insurance coverage matters. He also counsels clients in regulatory oversight, enforcement, entitlement and compliance matters concerning project development, facility operations, coastal permitting, redevelopment and expansion and the purchasing, leasing and selling of environmentally contaminated parcels. Mr. Ehrlich also has significant experience resolving Coastal Act enforcement and regulatory matters, Proposition 65 disputes, and matters involving federal, state, and local agencies such as EPA, CalEPA, DTSC, RWQCB, SWRCB, Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Commission, State Lands Commission, SCAQMD and other air pollution control districts, various counties and cities, and other jurisdictions.

Representative Experience
•Lead counsel for $30,000,000+ beach and dune restoration project in western Malibu
• Successful resolution of environmental insurance (PLL policy) coverage litigation for insured which owns a chlorinated solvent-contaminated site
•  Secured summary judgment for regional energy company in a federal class action alleging illegal retail motor fuel sales practices (reported at Law 360, July 22, 2013, In re: Motor Fuel Temperature Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. 2:07-md-01840, U.S. District Court, Kansas)
• Co-lead counsel in major limestone mine enforcement and expansion project
• Counsel for multiple California coastal property owners in permitting and enforcement matters.
• Local counsel and a team coordinator for proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving and truck loading terminal at Port of Long Beach
• Co-lead of team which secured entitlements for Wilmington, CA oil firm to drill 500+ new wells and abandon unused improvements and facilities
• Successfully litigated and resolved multiple CERCLA, RCRA, and common law cost recovery actions involving manufacturing facilities, smelters, landfills, aircraft and aerospace facilities, scrap metal recycling and dry cleaning facilities
• Extensive experience in permitting and entitlement process for manufacturers, mine sites and quarries, and gravel operations, and landfills
• Successfully defended multiple clients in Clean Water Act citizens suit based on alleged violations of stormwater regulations
• Negotiated first EPA Region 9 "Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser" Agreement for national client
• Represented regional petroleum operator in MTBE administrative and litigation proceedings involving contaminated groundwater basin
• Represented multiple clients in CERCLA and RCRA Steering Committees and Joint Defense Groups
• Represented property developers in purchase and redevelopment of environmentally impaired parcels including numerous Superfund sites throughout California (including major ports) New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Massachusetts, and other areas
• Prosecuted multiple environmental insurance coverage actions against numerous national insurance companies.
• Successfully obtained summary judgment orders forcing insurers to defend insureds against litigation, governmental agency orders and directives.

Chair, Environmental Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2000-2001
Los Angeles County Bar Association


Awards & Recognitions
University of California Regent Scholar, 1983-87
Comments Editor, Santa Clara Law Review, 1989-90
Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California Super Lawyer, 2004-2016

Speaking Engagements
CMAC 2010 Spring Conference: The New General Permit for Construction Storm Water Discharges
LNG Development in the Pacific Northwest: Permitting a California LNG Receiving and Vehicle Fuel Terminal
Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite: State Bar of California
Real Estate Transactions Involving Contaminated Properties; Finding Buried Treasures and Completing Transactions
Increasing Profits Through Managing Environmental Costs
Dirty Dealing: A Practical Guide for Environmentally-Impaired Property Transactions

Articles Court Decision Freezes Stormwater Permitting; Entire Program in Limbo
Electric and Natural Gas Business: 2005 EPAct Shows More Promise Than Returns For LNG
Environmental Advisor: EPA Targets OII and Omega Superfund Small Hazardous Waste Generators For Expedited Settlement

Media Mentions
Ventura County Star, February 2016: Broad Beach Project Considering Other Sand Sources to Appease Fillmore, County
Ventura County Star, November 2015: Ventura County Officials Concerned About Malibu’s Broad Beach Sand Project
Los Angeles Times, October 2015: It’s a Dune Deal
Malibu Times, October 2015: Coastal Commission OKs Broad Beach Sand Replacement
The Hollywood Reporter, May 2014: Malibu's Broad Beach Residents Plot New $20 Million Plan to Stop Sand Erosion
Huffington Post, May 2013: Broad Beach: Malibu Homeowners Struggle With Beach-Saving Plan
The Daily Breeze, August 2011: Gambol Has Spent $700K on Lobbying and Contributions
Long Beach Press-Telegram, 2011: Conflicting Visions of Future of Port of L.A. Could End in Court Fight
The Daily Breeze, 2011: Hahn Recuses Herself as Mediator After Shipbuilder's Contributions Come to Light, 2009: LCW's Attorney Tells City Hall His Client Proposes To Close On SE LB Property Exchange
World Entertainment News Network: Malibu's Broad Beach
Super Lawyers: Environmental Attorneys in California
The Malibu Times: Broad Beach Sandbags a Bust, Some Say
Los Angeles Times: Malibu's vanishing Broad Beach a sign of rising sea levels, experts say
Los Angeles Business Journal: Attorneys in the Environmental Practice Groups at L.A.'s Largest Law Firms
Los Angeles Business Journal: WHO'S WHO IN L.A. LAW
Malibu Surfside News: Broad Beach Group and Coastal Commission Tackle Erosion

Bar Admissions
State Bar of California