Lee N. Smith

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lsmith@pmelaw.com
T: 559-447-5700
F: 559-447-5600

PRACTICE FOCUS

Mr. Smith has provided representation in the areas of land and natural resource regulation and development, environmental compliance, water law and litigation in the Central Valley for over 27 yearsHis breadth of experience includes water quality (at both the federal and state levels), air quality and hazardous materials compliance, Proposition 65 and Food Safety.

Lee has acted as counsel before the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board, the San Joaquin Unified Air Pollution Control District and local environmental agencies. He has also been involved in state court litigation concerning pesticide contamination, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Proposition 65, as well as federal litigation involving the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). He is current Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and on the Board of the state Agricultural Law Section. Mr. Smith works out of our Fresno and Sacramento offices.

PRACTICE AREAS

Environmental Law
Litigation
Proposition 65
Water Law

EDUCATION

University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 1988)
Brown University, Environmental Studies (A.B., 1981)

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

POINTS OF DISTINCTION

William S. Leary Scholar (1985-1986)
Utah Law Review (1986-1988)

PUBLICATIONS & PUBLISHED OPINIONS

LandValue 77 LLC, et al. v. Board of Trustees of the CSU, et al., 193 Cal.App.4th 675 (5th App. Dist. Feb. 23, 2011)
“Top Ten Things You Should Know About ASTM Standards for Environmental Due Diligence,” Associate of Corporate Counsel, November 2013

ABA Natural Resources and the Environmental Journal, “History of Water Quality Regulation of Agriculture in California”
News Alert, “California Adopts its Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” December 20, 2010
“Alternative for Long-term Sustainability: Addressing Salinity in the Central Valley,” The Law Journal 2010 Supplement, Fresno Business Journal, August 27, 2010
Food Institute Materials on Food Safety Modernization Act

ORGANIZATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

California State Bar Association – Business Section, Board of the Agricultural Law Sub-Section
California League of Food Processors
Modesto Manufacturers Council/ Co-Chair of the Air Quality Committee
Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Citizens Advisory Group of Industries