Rick R. Rothman: Lawyer with Bingham McCutchen LLP

Rick R. Rothman

Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Land Use and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Climate Change
  • California's Proposition 65
  • Compliance
  • Consumer Products Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Land Use and Development
  • Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection
  • Energy
Contact InfoTelephone: 213.680.6590
Fax: 213.830.8790
University University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1985
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1989
Admitted1989, California; 1991, District of Columbia; Supreme Court of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. Supreme Court

•American Bar Association

•State Bar of California

•Los Angeles County Bar Association

•District of Columbia Bar Association

•Board Member, Public Counsel


Rick Rothman is office managing partner of the firm's Los Angeles office and a member of Bingham's Diversity Executive Committee. He is a partner and former co-chair of the Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group, where he focuses on environmental and energy counseling and litigation. He is recognized for his environmental work byChambers USA, which quotes clients who describe Rick as an expert in air quality matters and very smart and knowledgeable, and easy to work with.

Rick's counseling practice encompasses a broad range of environmental and energy laws, including the laws and regulations concerning air quality (both stationary and mobile sources), water quality, power plant siting, hazardous substances, impacted properties, and Proposition 65. He has experience in counseling clients in a number of different contexts, including threatened enforcement actions, variance requests, permitting and appeals, due diligence reviews, and meeting state and federal reporting requirements and warning requirements.

Rick's litigation practice involves the representation of clients from large corporations to local agencies in matters before both federal and state courts. He has litigated cases addressing alleged violations of most of the major environmental statutes, as well as cases involving alleged common law violations arising from exposures to products and chemicals regulated by those statutes. His recent case load has included Clean Air Act enforcement matters both criminal and civil, Superfund actions, criminal and civil enforcement of waste disposal requirements, Clean Water Act discharges, Proposition 65 enforcement actions, multimedia enforcement actions, and chemical exposure complaints.

Rick has also applied his environmental experience in the appellate context. He has represented clients in both state and federal courts of appeal, including a Clean Air Act case before the Ninth Circuit and a Proposition 65 case before the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.

Rick previously served on Bingham's Firm Committee.

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers, Environmental Law (2010-2014)

Chambers USA, Environment, California, (2009-2014)

Who's Who Legal: Environment(2014)

The Legal 500 US,Environmental Litigation (2007, 2013)

•Editor-in-chief, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

Super Lawyers, Southern California (2004-2013)

Who's Who Legal: California(2009)


Traditional Environmental Laws: Part of the Modern Family of Regulation of Personal Care Products?, Personal Care Products Council, New Orleans (April 10, 2014)

What Companies Need to Know About California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations: Technical and Legal Strategies to Consider, Bingham McCutchen and Cardno ChemRisk, Los Angeles (March 20, 2014)

The South Coast Air Quality Management District's Rule 1148, Law Seminars International, Santa Monica, Calif. (July 29, 2013)

Chemical Listings: Legal Challenges - What Works, Proposition 65 Clearinghouse Conference, San Francisco, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2010)

Climate Change Developments, 24th Annual Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Super Symposium, Los Angeles, Calif. (April 16, 2010)

Perspectives on the Best Way to Move Beyond the Inability to Permit Anything, Third Annual Conference on Air Quality Regulation in California, Law Seminars International, Los Angeles, Calif. (Oct. 29-30, 2009)

•State Bar of California Environmental Law Section 2009 Environmental Law Conference, Yosemite, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2009)

Climate Change: An Overview of the Industry Perspective, Environmental Leadership in the States - Lessons Learned from California's Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Coastal Zone Development, Environmental Law Institute, San Francisco, Calif. (April 14, 2009)

Update on California Air Resources Board's AB 32 Greenhouse Gas Rulemaking, 2008 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, State Bar of California Environmental Law Section, Yosemite, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2008)

•Second Annual Conference on Air Quality Regulations in California, Law Seminars International, Los Angeles, Calif. (April 2008)

•Co-chair and presenter, Climate Change - An Overview of What is Happening in Congress, the States, and the Courts, Law Seminars International Conference on Air Quality Regulation in California, Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jan. 2007)


•Co-author, EPA Proposes Rule Requiring Existing Power Plants to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Bingham.com(June 2014)

•Co-author, Controversy Over EU ETS Regarding International Flights may Find Resolution at ICAO - But the Devil is in the Details, Bingham.com(September 2013)

•Co-author, States Square Off Over Potential Federal Regulation of Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Operations, Bingham.com(May 2013)

•Co-author, South Coast Air Quality Management District Approves California's First New Fracking Rule, Bingham.com(April 2013)

•Co-author, EU ETS Puts International Flights on Hold, Bingham.com(November 2012)

•Co-author, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Updates Clean Air Act Standards for Flares and Process Heaters at Petroleum Refineries, Bingham.com(October 2012)

•Co-author, DTSC Publishes Revised Green Chemistry Rules; Public Comment Period Commences, Bingham.com(August 2012)

•Co-author, EU Proposes Tighter Control on Auction Timing in Bid to Increase Carbon Allowance Prices , Bingham.com(August 2012)

•EU Emission Trading System Triggers Growing Opposition Over Inclusion of International Airlines , Bingham.com(June 21, 2012)

•Co-author, California Department of Conservation Announces Plan to Adopt Fracking Regulations and Revisit Existing Rules for Underground Injection Wells, Bingham.com(May 2012)

•Author, Another Circuit Holds That Parties Subject To A Consent Decree Are Limited To CERCLA 113(f) Contribution Claims, Bingham.com(March 2012)

•CARB Approves Final Revised AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Regulation, Bingham.com(Oct. 27, 2011)

•Too Much Information: FASB Statement No. 5 Accounting Standards Should Concern Companies and Counsel When it Comes To Environmental Liabilities, Daily Journal(August 23, 2008)

Reported CasesRepresenting a North America refining company, concerning its response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's renewed efforts relating to its New Source Review (NSR) refinery initiative enforcement at one of its refineries; Representing a manufacturer of advanced materials concerning an Environmental Protection Agency investigation of the company's facility under the Clean Air Act permitting; Representing a global leader in the paper and packaging industry, in Superfund litigation and regulatory negotiations with EPA; Representing the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District with respect to the District's efforts to defend its promulgation of new regulations addressing the control of particulate matter sources; Represent a consortium of domestic passenger and cargo air carriers in defending a Proposition 65 lawsuit brought by private plaintiffs; Representing a chemical manufacturer in challenging the listing of certain chemicals by the State of California as a carcinogen under Proposition 65

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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...

EPA Proposes Rule Requiring Existing Power Plants to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Steve W. Black,David K. Brown,Rick R. Rothman, July 14, 2014
On June 2, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan, a much anticipated proposed rule under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution from existing electric generating power plants. Through a combination of emissions reductions, greater reliance...
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Rick R. Rothman

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


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