Luce Forward Announces New Climate Change and Sustainable Technology Practice

(LAWFUEL) – Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, a California law firm with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco, today announced the formation of a new Climate Change and Sustainable Technology Practice. The formation of this practice will allow the firm to provide comprehensive support to clients in a variety of California industries in matters related to climate change legislation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction regulation.

This interdisciplinary group consists of attorneys from the corporate, environmental/energy, insurance, intellectual property, land use, litigation and real estate practice groups. It will help the firm’s clients anticipate and navigate the maze of new regulations and courtroom challenges that have surfaced and that will continue to challenge businesses as global warming issues become increasingly prevalent.

“We have clients that are starting to deal with global warming issues, and we are also educating and advising clients in this same area,” said Suzanne Badawi, who leads the new Climate Change and Sustainable Technology Practice. “Eventually, every industry is going to be impacted by global warming laws and regulations. We felt that many businesses could benefit from our direct experience and knowledge with these issues.”

In addition to assisting companies comply with global warming-related legislation, the new practice group will also serve California’s clean, green and environmental industries.

“As Luce Forward continues to spread throughout the state of California, we are also offering new practice areas to better suit our clients and address their needs,” said Robert J. Bell, Luce Forward’s managing partner. “The attorneys in this new group have unique experiences with either climate change or green legislation, and their knowledge is best utilized through the formation of the Climate Change and Sustainable Technology Practice.”

The Luce Forward attorneys in the Climate Change and Sustainable Technology Practice are experienced in current climate change issues and provide strategic legal advice to clients on the current state of law, what new cases will impact exposure, and how to best prepare as new laws are enacted and implemented. They are also involved in various “green” activities, more specifically:

Badawi, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, recently wrote an article about global warming insurance coverage issues pertaining to greenhouse gas emitters titled, “Global Warming, Are You Covered?” She will also be speaking at a similar seminar later this year.

John Leslie, a partner in the Del Mar/Carmel Valley office, represents energy companies in matters related to compliance with renewable energy standards and greenhouse gas emissions reduction regulations.

Ariel Bedell, an associate in the San Diego office, is one of the few attorneys nationwide who is certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Eric Lane, an associate in the Del Mar/Carmel Valley office, writes a blog dedicated to the discussion and analysis of intellectual property issues in clean technology at

Michelle Sugihara, an associate in the Los Angeles office, is on the Building Industry Association’s Green Building Task Force.

Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, San Francisco, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Los Angeles and Orange County. For more information, visit

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