Courts & Appearances

Greben | Monroe has vast experience in state and federal environmental law and complex civil litigation. Our attorneys are highly regarded by trial judges throughout California and have taken the lead in high-profile cases that have, in some cases, set new precedents. We assist clients with civil and environmental matters before state, federal and appellate courts, including:

All California State Courts

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Courts
Central,  Eastern, Northern, Southern

Regulatory Agencies

Greben | Monroe has extensive knowledge and experience handling governmental enforcement actions, regulatory matters and administrative proceedings. Our attorneys work closely with federal and state regulatory agencies to negotiate, advocate, and ensure compliance with environmental investigation requirements, including:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC)

State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB)

Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB)

California County Environmental Health Departments


Greben | Monroe is an “AV” rated law firm offering over 30 years of experience.  We handle many areas of practice and offer several specialized legal services. With significant expertise, our attorneys successfully litigate and resolve cases to reach a desirable and cost effective outcome for our clients. We work closely with clients to understand the unique circumstances of their legal matters to design appropriate and cost effective strategies to achieve the desired result. Please contact Greben | Monroe to schedule a free consultation to discuss your circumstances and how we may best address your needs. Email us for more information, and click on the practice areas below to learn more.

Greben | Monroe has vast experience in environmental law, as well as related complex litigation in federal and state courts. Our attorneys will assist you in pursuing an action for recovery under environmental laws, or defend against environmental claims.

We have experience working with landowners, tenants, business owners, corporations, and others involving disputes relating to contaminated property. Please contact us to learn more about how we may be able to help you with your environmental matters.  Some of our specific focuses in this area include:

Disputes relating to dry cleaning site contamination, including:

  • Perchloroethylene (PCE/Perc)
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Chemical Solvents

Disputes relating to contaminated property, including:

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Groundwater and Soil Contamination
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Proposition 65
  • Polanco Act

Greben | Monroe has experience working with various federal and state regulatory agencies relating to administrative proceedings, enforcement actions and environmental investigation oversight.

  • Regulatory Actions, including matters before:
    • Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
    • State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC)
    • Air Resources Boards
    • County Environmental Health Departments
  • Alleged Regulatory Non-Compliance
  • Clean-up and Abatement Orders
  • Enforcement and Oversight Letters
  • Site Assessment and Monitoring

Greben | Monroe is happy to offer support relating to a full range of contracts including business and transactional contracts. We specialize in contracts containing environmental provisions and will assist you in evaluating preliminary considerations relating to environmental inquiries and contingencies attached to contracts. Our areas include:

  • Ongoing business matters for all size businesses
  • Guidance on whether to proceed with planned transactions
  • Business transactions and contracts relating to environmentally impacted property
  • Business transactions and contracts relating to environmental liabilities
  • Business transactions and contracts relating to environmental inquiries and due diligence

Greben | Monroe has experience with corporate and business transactions with a specific focus on matters involving environmental concerns or questions.

  • Ongoing business matters for all size businesses
  • Guidance on whether to proceed with planned transactions
  • Business transactions relating to:
    • Environmentally impacted property
    • Environmental liabilities
    • Water rights
    • Acquisitions
    • Transfers

Greben | Monroe has experience handling product liability and product defect actions relating to defective products, equipment, foods and other goods.  Our attorneys have knowledge to competently and discretely assist you in pursuing or defending against a product liability action, especially when maintaining business relationships are a crucial goal.

Our attorneys are happy to offer advice, guidance and solutions to ensure our clients take the necessary steps to avoid future environmental litigation.  We are also experienced and handle disputes arising from prior transactions that have led to an environmental claim or discovery of contaminated property.

  • Real estate matters
  • Due diligence and environmental inquiries
  • Business disputes
  • Buyer-seller transactions
  • Inheritance of contaminated property
  • Business lease transactions
  • Indemnity agreements
  • Other contract formation and review

With extensive knowledge of Civil Practice and Procedure in both federal and state courts, Greben | Monroe can assist you with the commencement and filing of a civil action, or assist with the defense and response at any stage in your case. Our attorneys have vast experience practicing before judges in all California Courts and specialize in:

  • First Chair in State and Federal Civil Trials
  • Environmental and Product Defect Litigation
  • Class Counsel in Class Action Litigation

Greben | Monroe has vast experience working with mediators throughout California. Working closely with clients, our attorneys provide litigation avoidance counseling to attempt to prevent a problem from arising or to limit the consequences. The result often leads to resolution of issues outside of litigation or limits the need for legal action in court.  Our attorneys are well versed in dispute resolution proceedings such as:

  • Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration

Greben | Monroe will help you decide whether dispute resolution is a viable way to cost effectively resolve your dispute without litigation. Our firm provides:

  • Assistance and Attendance at Mediation Proceedings
  • Assistance and Attendance at Arbitration Proceedings
  • Litigation Avoidance Counseling

Whether you have a dispute relating to insurance coverage, or are simply trying to find applicable coverage for a pending lawsuit, Greben | Monroe aims to help you obtain coverage during the dispute of your case. Such coverage often results in our client’s insurers paying for the legal fees and costs, including the cost of investigation and cleanup. Frequently, insurance coverage will provide necessary assets to resolve the pending problems. With our specialized experience and established track record of success in obtaining coverage, Greben | Monroe will assist with:

  • Locating and pursuing of insurance coverage
  • Conduct archive searches for old policies no longer in your possession
  • Cost recovery claims
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Policy limit disputes
  • Reservation of rights matters