Sedina L. Banks



Sedina Banks specializes in environmental litigation and compliance. Her practice focuses on contaminated properties, cost recovery, air quality counseling and litigation, Clean Water Act counseling, CEQA compliance and litigation, underground storage tank counseling, climate change and environmental insurance coverage litigation.

Sedina also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Firm's environmental law blog, GREENberg bLAWg.

Environmental Experience

  • Represented a city in litigation against an oil company involving oil drilling within Los Angeles County, successfully defended the city’s moratorium on new drilling and in a separate action obtained a landmark settlement of a CEQA action to provide additional environmental protection
  • Represented the owner and operator of a mobile home park in an administrative civil liability action brought by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, for the alleged violation of certain Regional Board Orders.  The client was potentially liable for almost $6 million in penalties and the prosecution was recommending $1.6 million in penalties in a heavily litigated case.  After a lengthy administrative hearing, the Regional Board ruled that the client was only liable for a penalty of $54,500
  • Negotiated a settlement on behalf of a client of a claim brought by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for a nominal fine when over $100,000 in penalties were at issue
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of a client of a criminal action brought by the Los Angeles County District Attorney for water quality violations
  • Obtained reimbursement on behalf of a client from the California UST Fund for claims dating back to the 1990’s
  • Co-chaired two federal jury trials one in which the jury found in our client’s favor based upon a violation of his federal civil right to equal protection of the laws under the United States Constitution in connection with a municipal open-bid process and the other in which the court ruled in our client’s favor on all federal environmental claims brought against them
  • Negotiated settlement on behalf of client in a CERCLA action brought by the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Experienced in reporting GHG emissions to the California Climate Action Registry
  • Represents clients in actions before the Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Negotiated a settlement on behalf of client with insurers for environmental contamination
  • Represents a city in connection with various environmental issues
  • Represents a Fortune 500 Company in a number of environmental contribution and cost recovery matters
  • Represented the dairy industry in litigation against the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District regarding newly enacted rules
  • Represents clients in underground storage tank counseling
  • Advises clients regarding compliance with newly enacted air quality rules and regulations
  • Represents the dairy industry in connection with various air quality counseling and litigation issues
  • Advises clients regarding emerging climate change issues


  • Listed, Southern California Rising Stars, 2009-2016

Media & Publications

Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request, JD Supra Business Advisor, January 23, 2015
CEQA Lead Agencies Do Not Waive Defense that CEQA Did Not Apply Despite Proceeding under CEQA, JD Supra Business Advisor, November 26, 2014
The Sunset Will Last A Little Longer - UST Fund Extended, JD Supra Business Advisor, November 26, 2014
Beware What Lies Beneath: Vapor Intrusion Increases Potential Liability for Past and Present Owners and Operators, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 22, 2014
Avoiding Superfund Liability: EPA Adopts New Standard for Phase | Environmental Site Assessments, Primerus, February 19, 2014
Green Building Coming to a Property Near You, June 1, 2012
Due Diligence And Cost Recovery, Urban Land Institute Magazine, January 2007
Commercial Lease Law Insider, November 2006
Shopping Center Management Insider, November 2006
Professional Office Building Management, November 2006
Commercial Tenant's Lease Insider, November 2006
Buyer Beware: New EPA Due Diligence Standards Effective November 1, 2006 Will Impact All Commercial Real Estate Transactions, West LA Investment Marketing Forum, October 2006
New Rules For Environmental Due Diligence, Real Estate Southern California, March 2006
The “Erin Brockovich Effect:” How Media Shapes Toxics Policy, U.C. Davis, Environs, Environmental Law & Policy Journal, April 2003
Contaminated properties may face vapor risk, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1/1/1900