Michael G. Romey has a broad range of litigation experience, with an emphasis on environmental litigation including environmental compliance, enforcement, and regulation.
He has represented clients before federal, state, and local environmental agencies in litigation related to:

  • Toxic torts
  • “Superfund” sites
  • Cost recovery
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act
  • Proposition 65
  • Climate change
  • Insurance coverage

Mr. Romey has developed significant experience in numerous areas of environmental compliance, enforcement, and regulation. He represents clients before federal, state, and local environmental agencies. He also counsels clients on the regulatory and liability risks associated with climate change and the legal reactions to it.

From 1999 to 2021, Mr. Romey was an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of Southern California School of Law where he taught the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, RCRA, the Endangered Species Act, Risk Assessment, and Climate Change.

Mr. Romey is the former Global Chair of the Environmental Litigation Practice, former Co-Chair of the Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions Practice, and is a member of the firm’s Environment, Land & Resources Practice.

Mr. Romey’s representations include:

  • Toxic mass tort suit resulting from a spill of elemental mercury from a gold mine in northern Peru
  • Clean Air Act citizen suit brought by a coalition of environmental groups concerning a coal-fired power plant in Laughlin, Nevada
  • CERCLA action arising out of historic groundwater contamination at copper mines in Globe, Arizona
  • Lawsuit seeking to prevent the use of offsets in California’s green-house gas cap and trade program
  • Toxic mass tort suit arising out of an oil production facility located next to Beverly Hills High School, in Beverly Hills, California
  • Clean Air Act citizen suit to stop construction of a natural gas power plant located in Riverside, CA
  • Litigation challenging the air district’s attempt to regulate the quality of utility’s natural gas
  • Toxic mass tort suits arising out of alleged hexavalent chromium groundwater contamination at compressor stations in California
  • Coverage action against multiple insurers seeking coverage for contaminated properties in California
  • Litigation arising out of acid-mine drainage discharges from a former underground gold mine located in Grass Valley, California
  • Enforcement action following an explosion and fire at the refinery in Bakersfield, California

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1988
  • BA, Columbia University, 1985
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August 16, 2019 Recognition

2019 Fellow: Michael Romey

ELR partner elected Fellow for his substantial contributions to environmental law.