It is with great pleasure that Bergman Dacey Goldsmith announces that as of January 1, 2013, Brian J. Bergman has become a shareholder. Brian’s practice focuses primarily on environmental, land use, construction, and business litigation. Brian has a broad range of experience in environmental and land use litigation, including matters under CEQA, CERCLA, CWA, OPA, and CAA, eminent domain actions, and nuisance/trespass actions. He has represented clients on matters before the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control. He is a co-author of California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing’s 2009 Environmental Mitigation Handbook and has published several articles and given multiple presentations on environmental and land use topics. Brian regularly represents public and private entities in multi-million dollar construction disputes. He has specific expertise in the prosecution and defense of construction claims involving delay, disruption, acceleration, stop notices, performance bonds, and claims under the California Public Contract Code.
Brian was recognized as a 2010, 2011, and 2012 Southern California Rising Star in environmental and construction litigation and was accepted by the Litigation Counsel of America as an Associate Member. He is a co-founder of the LCA’s International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. He is member of several bar associations.
Brian was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. While in law school, he was the Chair of the U.S.C. Hale Moot Court Honors Program and was an extern for the Central District Federal District Magistrate Stephen Hillman.