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  • Education
    • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1998, Moot Court Honors 1997
    • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
Ryan Landis makes it a priority in his practice to provide value to clients by strategically evaluating each client’s case-specific goals while considering all aspects for the proliferation of the client’s business objectives. His diverse background working for governmental entities, public interest groups and private corporations enables him to provide well-balanced perspectives for strategic decisions in product liability and toxic tort litigation and regulatory compliance.

Ryan’s practice involves the defense of corporations in environmental and toxic tort matters including chemical discharge, asbestos/toxic exposure, product liability and premises claims. His practice also includes federal and state environmental counseling and litigation with an emphasis on petrochemical and agricultural product regulations, hazardous waste and groundwater contamination (including alleged hexavalent chromium discharges), environmental auditing, air quality management (including AB 32/greenhouse gas consulting), and hazardous waste cleanup. His prior work includes consulting on property Phase I and Phase 2 assessments and any necessary remediation for commercial, industrial or mixed-use properties (including former manufacturing facilities, schools and metal recycling complexes). Ryan also regularly counsels clients regarding compliance with various federal, state, local and international environmental laws and regulations (RCRA, Clean Water Act, CERCLA) and defends those clients in litigation both in Federal and State Court. Ryan’s practice includes an emphasis on Proposition 65 consulting and litigation defense as well. His extensive experience in all aspects of litigation provides critical value for cases headed for trial and he has served as trial counsel for a number of toxic tort matters throughout California.

Ryan has defended companies in litigation matters related to California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) and Unfair Competition Law (17200) for more than 10 years.  He also advises companies on Prop 65 compliance and regulatory changes. His Prop 65 clients have ranged from large retailers to vendors and manufacturers, in industries including: sports and fitness products; food and dietary supplements, automotive materials; safety and home/business protection products; cleaning product manufacturers; personal care and cosmetic products; transportation companies; and home-care appliance products.  He has defended Prop 65 actions and advised clients in matters regarding listed chemicals including lead, crystalline silica, acrylamide, phthalates (BBP, DEHP, DINP), mercury, 1,3-Dichloropropene, and Diethanolamine. 

Early in his career, Ryan worked for the Attorney General’s Office in the state of Alaska, where he focused on such matters as statutory enforcement and compliance with Underground Storage Tank regulations, wastewater treatment system monitoring, Mine Closure Remediation, statutory “permitted use” allocations for the fishery industry, and government sovereign immunity cases. He also worked for the Department of Defense: Office of General Counsel on matters ranging from federal Superfund claims to federal agency authority designation, and Issues related to a variety of environmental statutes including: CEQA, RCRA, CERCLA, Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
  • Secured dismissal for a major petrochemical and manufacturing company in a complex asbestos personal injury trial where plaintiffs were seeking punitive damages.
  • Represented of industrial and energy clients regarding rulemaking and compliance with California’s AB 32 greenhouse gas legislation and federal climate change. 
  • Represented Fortune 100 Chemical Company as a PRP in a private CERCLA recovery action at an ongoing Superfund site.  Managed complex litigation strategy and multiple Case Management Orders. Assisted in research and briefing regarding primary and concurrent jurisdiction issues as well as a successful Motion to Stay proceedings. 
  • Represented Chrome Anodizing facility in mass tort action with more than 50 Plaintiffs alleging personal injury and property damage claims including purported hexavalent chromium discharges. Case resolved favorably after Court assessment of bellwether claims.
  • Represented a national corporation in a complex groundwater litigation involving more than a hundred plaintiffs, several water districts and numerous chemical company and product manufacturers.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 chemical company in a federal CERCLA action.
  • Represented multiple chemical and product manufacturer companies in various toxic tort exposure matters venued in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.
  • Litigated several Proposition 65 Discharge Prohibition cases for an international oil company involving several hundred Underground Storage Tanks throughout California.
  • Successful nonsuit motion in a toxic tort matter with millions in alleged damages against client.
  • Successfully negotiated dismissal for a large chemical company in a California groundwater contamination cross-contamination matter.
  • Represented prominent Energy and Oil Company as a PRP in a private CERCLA recovery action that included state law nuisance and trespass claims.  Participated in discovery to pare down Plaintiff’s claims and negotiated dismissal for company.
  • Represented aerospace and chemical companies in complex groundwater contaminations cases venued in Los Angeles.  Over 100 plaintiffs brought injury claims based on Federal and State law claims.   Coordinated defense efforts on Case Management Orders and consolidated discovery for Plaintiffs.  Managed strategy for expert discovery regarding contamination claims, fate and transport modeling and groundwater migration.
  • Represented oil company in underground injection well and fracking claims to evaluate alleged environmental statute considerations and state law claims.   Developed regulatory and litigation defenses for pre-Complaint negotiations.  Worked with client and private consultants in assessing viable injunctive relief options for disposal of production water.
  • Represented Fortune 100 oil company in several different cases involving Federal and State claims (including the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) for underground storage tanks allegations.  Researched legal issues ranging from preemption to primary/concurrent jurisdiction and passive migration. Assisted with substantive brief writing in Joint-Defense Group including a favorable ruling on passive migration that curtailed Plaintiffs’ civil penalty claims.