Alison Torbitt is in the Energy and Environmental practice group and is also active in Maritime matters, the Beverage Alcohol team and Commercial Litigation. She focuses on compliance, from counseling manufacturers on stormwater obligations to assisting contractors with licensing, to helping residential solar companies comply with consumer protection obligations.
I counsel business and industry clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental and energy laws, as well as defending against regulatory enforcement and third-party disputes.
I am also part of the firm’s Legally Green initiative and California drought task force, which think strategically about sustainability and the risks that our clients face due to climate change, the drought, aging infrastructure, and the need for innovation and to stay ahead of these challenges.
With a technical background as an aquatic ecotoxicologist, I have first-hand knowledge of the science and business repercussions for the water, air, hazardous materials and spill response notification laws and regulations. I counsel dozens of clients with compliance concerns and defend them against enforcement and have provided guidance to numerous wine, beer and food production facilities. I provide strategy and advice on how to cost-effectively monitor compliance, communicate with regulators, self-report and settle. I have successfully brought contaminated sites to closure in an efficient manner. I also assist with California Alcoholic Beverage Control and Contractors State License Board inquiries.
I assist with environmental and energy due diligence for the acquisition, leasing and financing of real property and with assuring adequate protections are in place for tax credit investors. I am very familiar with evaluating Phase Is and IIs for sufficiency, evaluating permitting and compliance history, advising on the risk of environmental enforcement, and analyzing energy regulatory concerns related to curtailment, utilities and CalISO. In each I help to assure that my clients are adequately informed and protected of the risks associated with the transaction; helping them to look to the future and make decisions now, which will avoid problems then. I have also developed significant experience in renewable energy off-take agreements, including consumer protection requirements for the residential solar sector, helping to negotiate a middle ground that is both financially beneficial and consumer-friendly.
I help clients communicate with the U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center, assisting in complicated flag-in/flag-out processes with compliant and business-friendly results. Additionally, I draft and negotiate, and assure approval for, the related documentation including trust agreements, time charters, bareboat charters, ship management agreements, logbook entries, certificates of ownership and continuous synopsis records.
Reuse! Our clients and the world are just beginning to connect the dots on how to substitute one company’s waste to satisfy another company’s needs for raw or component products. As the threats of climate change and sea level rise continue to grow, and get exacerbated by large storms, droughts and king tides, key players are re-thinking how their company can mitigate and adapt to this changing world. Recycled water is becoming more and more popular for cooling towers, irrigation, golf courses, and even, beer! And now we are seeing the emergence of other reuse agreements regarding everything from plastic to hazardous materials. These new and innovative transactions are at the forefront of sustainability and environmental and I couldn’t be more excited to assist!
Rochester Business Journal | November 23, 2018
Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column on recent cases involving the Clean Water Act and discharges to groundwater, drawing from an alert by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, Albany associate Dana Stanton and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group.
Law360 | May 07, 2018
In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.
Law360 | April 29, 2018
San Francisco energy and environmental partner Alison Torbitt, New York City public finance partner Scott Singer and Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford co-wrote this article outlining an EPA loan program for new water infrastructure projects.
Wines & Vines | January 01, 2017
San Francisco energy and environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this article about how California winemakers can incorporate recycled water into their vineyards.
ClearWaters | December 21, 2016
A discussion of five cases that might impact wastewater permitting regulations for holders of SPDES permits, written by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, San Francisco Energy and Environmental associate Alison Torbitt, and Albany counsel Peter Trimarchi.
Law360 | July 11, 2016
Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.
Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Newsletter | 10.17.18
Environmental Law Alert | 10.16.18
Environmental Law Alert | 04.24.18
Brownfields Alert | 11.20.17
Environmental Law Alert | 11.14.17
Environment Law Alert | 10.20.17
Originally presented June 27, 2017 | 07.06.17
Environmental Law Alert | 03.07.17
Environmental Law Alert | 06.28.16
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University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif (1st in class) , (Editor-in-Chief, Western Environmental Law Update; Associate Editor, Oregon Law Review; Environmental Fellow, Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project; First Place Champion, Oregon Environmental Law Moot Court Competition; Quarterfinalist, National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition)
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S., B.A., with High Honors
University of Queensland, Australia, Marine biology research program
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California