Jeremy Esterkin: Lawyer with Bingham McCutchen LLP

Jeremy Esterkin

Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.

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  • Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Energy
  • Commercial Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 213.680.6843
Fax: 213.830.8643
University University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2006
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, Juris Doctor, 2009
Admitted2009, California

•American Bar Association

•California Bar Association

•Los Angeles County Bar Association


Jeremy Esterkin represents clients in environmental litigation and regulatory compliance matters, focusing primarily on water issues and remediation of contaminated sites. Jeremy's experience includes litigation and pre-litigation counseling on behalf of corporate clients in matters involving the Clean Water Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); and a variety of California state and local environmental laws and regulations.

Jeremy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a Certificate in Environmental Policy from Penn's Environmental Studies Institute. While a law student, Jeremy served as a senior editor for Penn's Journal of Business Law, and worked for two years as a volunteer tax preparer for low-income Philadelphia families. During his first summer as a law student, Jeremy interned with the Hon. Victor Marrero, Southern District of New York. Jeremy spent his second summer with Bingham, working out of both the Los Angeles and New York offices.

Before entering law school, Jeremy received his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude.


•Speaker,Fracking in California: New Rules, New Challenges, The State Bar of California Real Property Law Section, San Francisco (March 2014)

• Panelist,Ever Changing and Never Ceasing to Challenge- Environmental Law Nuts and Bolts, Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section (June 2013)


•Co-author, District Court Dismisses CERCLA Claims Against Groundwater Well Operator in the Absence of an Allegation of the Disposal of Hazardous Materials, Environmental Liabilities, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter(January 2014)

•Co-author, Future Of Fracking In Calif. Is Still Hazy, Law 360(Sept. 26, 2013)

•Co-author, California Governor Signs Fracking Bill, 2013)

•Co-author, California Legislature Sends Fracking Bill to Governor's Desk, 2013)

•7th Circuit Hits the Brakes on Burlington Northern, Imposes Causal Element to CERCLA Volumetric Apportionment, 2012)

•Co-author, Fourth Circuit Holds that CERCLA Apportionment Cannot Result in a Zero Share of Liability, Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter(June 2013)

•Co-author, CERCLA Contribution Protection in the Post- ReulandWorld , Bingham Alert(May 2012)

•Co-author, District Court Dismisses Strict Product Liability and Negligent Misrepresentation Claims in Suit Alleging Inadequate Site Cleanup, Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter(December 2011)

•Co-author, D.C. Circuit Upholds General Vessel Discharge Permit against Challenges that EPA Did Not Provide Opportunity for Notice and Comment, Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter(October 2011)

•Co-author, District Court Finds Ambiguous Settlement Agreement Precludes Summary Judgment on Subsequent CERCLA Contribution Action, Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter(June 2011)

•Co-author, District Court Finds CERCLA 104(e) Letter Triggers Liability Insurers' Duty to Indemnify, Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter(December 2010)

•Co-author, Lenders Beware: Environmental Conditions at Distressed Property Pose Risks for Foreclosing Lenders, Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law,Volume 6, Number 7 (October 2010)

•Co-author, District Court Adopts A State Administrative Agreement As A Trigger For A Three Year Statute of Limitations To CERCLA Contribution Actions, Environmental Liability, Enforcement and Penalties Reporter(May 2010)

•Co-author, Environmental Groups Threaten To Use NEPA To Seek Climate Change, Mitigation in Powder River Basin Coal Development, Climate Change Law and Policy Reporter(April 2010)

•Co-author, District Court Awards Reduced Attorney's Fees For Partially Successful CERCLA Plaintiffs, Environmental Liability, Enforcement and Penalties Reporter(March 2010)

Reported CasesObtained a favorable settlement for an energy utility whose power plant in Redlands, Calif., has been adversely impacted by perchlorate contamination in the local groundwater; Represents a large energy exploration and production company against claims of fraudulent transfer arising from a corporate reorganization and spin-off involving environmental and toxic tort liabilities at thousands of sites across the country; Counsels a Working Group of waste generators investigating and remediating the closed BKK Landfill in West Covina, Calif. Defends a global energy company in a multiparty action arising from groundwater contamination in Los Angeles County; Obtained a favorable settlement for two corporate clients alleged to have contributed to a massive underground VOC plume in the San Gabriel Valley; Represented non-operating investors in the Macondo well in federal multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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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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Jeremy Esterkin

355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 4400
Los AngelesCA 90071-3106


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