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Jennifer Novak
Charter Member
Environmental Law

500 Silver Spur Road, Suite 206, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


When businesses are accused of polluting, we clean up the legal mess. I have practiced law in California for more than 23 years with a career that includes private practice, as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, and as a clerk to an appellate court judge. Our firm represents property owners and businesses in environmental litigation and as advisors for matters involving soil and groundwater remediation, Clean Water Act citizen suits, Water Board investigation orders, and more. We collaborate with our clients to identify the best strategies for their needs. What matters most is our clients’ comfort level and for them to know they have a supporter, advisor, and advocate in their corner. We help our clients assess their risks and liabilities, develop a strategy, and then see it through to the end. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies and national corporations to individual landowners and small businesses.

Gerald Pels
Charter Member
Environmental Law

600 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


Gerry Pels, Chair of the Firm-wide Environmental Section - Energy and Industrial, has been one of the leaders of the Texas environmental legal community for over 30 years. His diverse practice focuses on the areas of environmental compliance, counseling, and litigation. During his career, Gerry has consistently led teams working on cutting edge matters of environmental law, including resolving the well-known Cooper v. Aviall litigation and arguing Clean Air Act issues before the 5th Circuit in litigation involving the Texas SIP. Gerry has been consistently recognized in Chambers USA since 2004 as well as in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law. He was also an adjunct law professor for seven years teaching both environmental law and an advanced RCRA seminar. Gerry's wide range of experience includes agency negotiations, assessing and counseling air, water, stormwater, and waste permit compliance, representing clients at contested permit, enforcement, and other hearings.

Robie G. Russell
Charter Member
Environmental Law

77 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2513


John Paul ("Jep") Seman Jr.
Charter Member
Environmental Law

1700 N Lincoln Street, Suite 2430, Denver, CO 80203


Mr. John Paul (“Jep”) Seman Jr. attended the University of Colorado School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1988. He was admitted to the Colorado State Bar in 1988. In addition to his membership to the Colorado State Bar, Mr. Seman also belongs to the Denver Bar Association. With more than 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Seman has handled legal matters within a wide range of fields for non-profit, association and corporate clients in federal, state and local capacities. Mr. Seman focuses on strategy development and direct policy advocacy, in addition to administrative law and litigation for various clients including the oil and gas and automobile manufacturing industries.

Janna Beth Sidley
Charter Member
Environmental Law

425 S Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731


Janna Sidley handles cases in Environmental and Natural Resources and has an office in San Pedro, CA. This attorney attended Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University and has been licensed for 28 years.