California Commercial Litigation and Business Counseling Law Firm
Specialized in Proposition 65

Edward A. Firestone graduated from University of Minnesota in 1973, Magna Cum Laude and from Stanford University Law School in 1973. He is admitted to practice law in California.

Mr. Firestone has worked with Ruben Castellon and William Funderburk as Of Counsel to their firm since 1999.  Mr. Firestone has provided legal advice to Fortune 500 companies, large landowners, and governmental clients regarding environmental issues.  In addition, he has assisted start-up companies in corporate organization, contract, licensing, and general legal issues and counseled clients on contract, employment, and environmental matters with special attention towards planning and management. Mr. Firestone has overseen environmental consultants and other technical professionals to evaluate and manage environmental, health, and safety issues.

Mr. Firestone is an innovative, experienced, results oriented attorney/consultant/executive with successful corporate and project management experience with strong background in energy, environmental matters, health and safety. He is experienced at providing legal advice and consulting services to in-house and outside clients.

Skilled at team formation and team leadership, Mr. Firestone has significant international experience.   His management experience includes full profit and loss responsibility, and he is a proven decision maker with strong communication skills.   Mr. Firestone also posseses significant experience with local, state, federal, and international regulators, laws and regulations.

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Admitted to the bar:

1973, California.

Education:

Stanford University (J.D., 1973)
University of Minnesota, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa (B.A., 1970)

Professional Experience:

PHB/HAGLER BAILLY/LECG 1998 - Present

Senior Advisor/Affiliate

Provide environmental and management consulting to Fortune 500 companies and U.S. Government. Perform environmental risk and contract evaluations. Manage site investigations and cleanup actions.

GEOMATRIX CONSULTANTS, INC. 1995 - 1997

President and Chief Executive Officer; Principal Consultant

Managed all aspects of the company's business in environmental, engineering and earth sciences; provided environmental management expertise to clients. Led company through 20% growth rate in two years to $30 million in revenue and 250 employees. Responsible for obtaining two million dollars in new project revenue.

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY 1973 - 1994

Counsel - Remedial Projects, Western U.S. and Pacific Rim

Corporate Environmental Programs

1989 - 1994 Managed legal issues for GE's discontinued operations in the Western U.S., Mexico, and Asia.

Managed GE participation in major environmental sites, including large Superfund sites, using teams of attorneys and consultants and developed strategies for complex sites involving soil and groundwater contamination including litigation defense. Analyzed and negotiated divestitures/acquisitions and drafted complex agreements. Recovered $20 million in insurance for sites with chemical contamination and received CEO (Jack Welch) award in recognition. Managed environmental issues, including potential litigation, in Asia, Mexico and Europe.

General Counsel - Intersil, Inc. (a subsidiary of GE)

1985 - 1989 Responsible for all legal work at Intersil, Inc., GE's semiconductor subsidiary. Drafted/negotiated sales, distributor and employment contracts, real estate transaction documents and non-disclosure agreements. Successfully managed trade secret dispute arbitration. Managed employment law problems, discrimination issues and employee terminations. Negotiated resolution of distributor/sales agent multi-million dollar disputes. Managed several major locations with soil and groundwater contamination.

Counsel and Attorney (various positions) - GE Nuclear Energy

1973 - 1985 Managed major litigation, negotiated sales contracts for nuclear systems, fuel and isotopes world wide, and directed GE's legal efforts with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Directed legal work in Mexico, Turkey and France for fuel, system and service sales, including drafting and negotiating multi-billion dollar sales contracts and joint ventures. Assisted utilities to obtain permits and licenses from the NRC. Managed GE's relationship with the NRC on all regulatory issues including protecting trade secrets.

Publications and Speeches:

“Shuttered Properties: You Can’t Redevelop if They Won’t Sell,” California Redevelopment Association Annual Conference and Exposition, March 2008.

“Natural Resource Damages: The Sleeping Giant of Environmental Liability,” Policyholder Advisor Conference, November 1998.

“Environmental Law: Brownfields Approaches Facilitate Property Transactions,” American Bar Association Corporate Practice Conference, January 1997.

“Environmental Insurance Coverage in California: Selecting and Using Environmental Experts,” National Business Institute, October 1996.

“Law and Consulting: Where are the Ethical Gray Areas?” Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region IX, American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law, May 1996.

“Environmental Assessments in Acquisitions,” Far East Environmental Laws & Regulations: Liability, Protection & Compliance Strategies, Government Institutes, Inc., December 1995.

“Environmental Claims and Management: A Pro’s Perspective,” Fresno County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, November 1995.

“From Brown to Green: Evaluating and Applying Technology to Heal the Cities,” Environmental Law Institute at Yosemite, Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California, October 1995.

“Hot Topics in Environmental Law - Fear of Cancer,” Practicing Law Institute, January 1994.

“Environmental Law Update - Developments in Toxic Tort Law,” Practicing Law Institute, October 1992.

“Perspectives on Private Cost Recovery Actions,” Sixth Annual Super Symposium on Environmental Law, Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section, February 1992.

“Judicial Review, Including the Table S-3 Case,” Atomic Industrial Forum Annual Legal Conference, May 1983.

“Quality Assurance and Enforcement: A Vendor’s Perspective,” American Law Institute/American Bar Association Course on Atomic Energy Licensing and Regulation, September 1982. 

Dry Cleaners: One Drop Can Cost You, Edward A. Firestone and Jordan Stanzler, California Centers Magazine, Number 89, December 2009

A Tiered Approach to Designing Vapor Management Systems at a Building Complex with Spatially Different TCE concentrations in Soil Gas, Ravi Arulanantham, Robert Cheung,

Edward A. Firestone, Stephen A. Johnson, T. Mark Leik, Jeffrey F. Ludlow, Chin Man Mok, Sigrida Reinis, Battelle, 2008

Remedy Selection in the 1990’s - From Superfund to Brownfields, by E. Firestone, P. Rey, and E. Jimison, Environmental Law Institute at Yosemite, Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California, 1995.

The Admissibility of Scientific Evidence: A Perspective on Toxic Tort Litigation, by E. Firestone and P. Haworth, Environmental Law Update, Practicing Law Institute, 1992.

“Government Regulation of Business in the 1980’s,” Conference on Business, Environment, and Public Policy, American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, July 1981.

Regulatory Quicksand - No Power for Tomorrow, by E. Firestone, Stanford Lawyer, Vol. 15, No. 1, Winter/Spring 1979/80.

 

Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors, Tioga Energy, Inc., 1998 – present
  • Board of Directors, Sustainable Business Forum/Institute, 1998 - 2000
  • Vice-Chair, Ethics Committee, American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law, 1996 - 1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Engineering, Stanford University, 1988
  • Board of Visitors, Stanford Law School, 1973 - 1976
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California, 1973