- Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources
|Contact Info||Telephone: 213.680.6427|
|University ||University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1999; University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA|
|Law School||School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2002|
|Admitted||2002, California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California|
•Executive Committee, Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
•American Bar Association, Environmental and Toxic Torts section
•California State Bar, Environmental Law section
•Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
Denise Fellers focuses her practice on environmental law, with an emphasis on litigation relating to groundwater contamination, including cost recovery and mass toxic tort litigation. She has significant experience in litigation under a variety of state and federal environmental laws, such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and litigation under the state counterparts, such as the California Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA). Denise also has experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and California's Proposition 65.
Most of Denise's cases involve litigation in both state and federal courts, including the strategic management of discovery issues, such as pre-litigation investigations, depositions, written discovery, preparing expert witnesses and resolving various discovery disputes. Denise also has experience in the drafting and arguing of case dispositive motions and extensive experience in pre-trial issues including preparing exhibit lists, witness lists, motionsin limine, designation and counter-designation of deposition testimony, and direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses.
Awards & Honors
• Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Southern California) (2010-2013)
•Phi Beta Kappa
•Editor-in-Chief, UCLA Women's Law Journal
•Chair,The Changing Environmental Landscape of Southern California, Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section's Fall Symposium, Los Angeles, (November 2013)
•Moderator,Ever Changing and Never Ceasing to Challenge - Environmental Law Nuts and Bolts, Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Los Angeles (June 2013)
•Co-author, CERCLA Contribution Protection in the Post-Reuland World , Bingham Alert(May 11, 2012)
•The Story of Los Angeles' Procrastination, Daily Journal(Dec. 14, 2009)
•That's Not What I Meant! Why Your Company's Communications With Environmental Regulators Put It At Risk For Personal Injury Litigation And What You Can Do About It, Daily Journal(Aug. 13, 2008)
|Reported Cases||Represented a large chemical company in toxic tort litigation filed in Los Angeles involving hexavalent chromium; Represented an aerospace company in large, multiparty cost recovery litigation involving CERCLA, RCRA and state equivalents; Represented a Fortune 500 Company in a large toxic tort case involving TCE and perchlorate; Represented an oil and gas company in CEQA litigation involving a large oil field; Represented an aerospace company in challenging the actions of the State Water Resources Control Board and the Regional Water Quality Control Board; Involved in litigation against a city to enforce mitigation measures that the city refused to acknowledge|
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Seventh Circuit Expands Apportionment Defense, Potentially Limiting Joint and Several CERCLA Liability
Jeremy Esterkin,Denise G. Fellers,Mae Kieng Hau,Rick R. Rothman, November 10, 2014
The Seventh Circuit issued two significant decisions relating to the cleanup of the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Superfund Site (the “Site”) on September 25, 2014. In the first, NCR Corp. v. George A. Whiting Paper Co., No. 13-2447 (7th Cir. Sept. 25, 2014), the Court reaffirmed that a...
Ninth Circuit Questions De Minimis CERCLA Settlement and Deference to State
Jeremy Esterkin,Denise G. Fellers,Mae Kieng Hau,Rick R. Rothman, August 22, 2014
The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Arizona v. Tucson rebuked a district court’s rubber-stamp approval of several consent decrees under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The district court failed to adequately scrutinize the decrees...
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