Watanabe Nason is pleased to announce our placement of Chris Amantea and Christopher Smith with Pillsbury in Los Angeles. Both are formerly with Steptoe & Johnson.
Mr. Amantea is a nationally recognized trial attorney who focuses his practice on environmental, transactional and judicial proceedings, as well as product liability claims action and other complex litigation. He has successfully represented clients in matters involving hazardous substances, air and water quality, land use, toxic torts and other environmental matters, including state and federal Superfund liability, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting and compliance issues, California’s Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) and hazardous waste regulatory issues.
Mr. Amantea has been recommended by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013; Chambers USA (2016-2018) and Who’s Who Legal, Environmental (2015).
Mr. Smith has a wealth of experience representing clients in transactional matters, regulatory guidance, administrative appeals and litigation—all in the environmental practice area. Chris counsels clients around the world on the complexities of environmental regulations and laws ranging from issues involving chemicals in products such as food, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods to contamination in air, soil and water. He also represents clients in environmental disputes before regulatory bodies and in federal and state courts around the United States involving all manner of environmental claims, including claims based on California’s Proposition 65, HSAA, Public Resources Code, CEQA, UCL, FAL and other state environmental common law claims like nuisance and trespass, as well as federal claims based on CERCLA, RCRA, CWA, OPA, FIFRA, CAA and NEPA.