Pete Nyquist

Chair, Environmental Practice Group
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Biography

Pete Nyquist chairs Greenberg Glusker’s Environmental Practice Group. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law in Los Angeles (2020), and is listed in Chambers USA (Environment, 2007-present) and Best Lawyers (Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2012-­present) as among the leading environmental lawyers in California. Clients have noted, “the more complex the issue, the more his guidance is invaluable to us…” and “[h]e stands out as calm, even-keeled and a very technically savvy lawyer.” (Chambers USA).

His practice focuses on complex environmental litigation in federal and state court under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and related claims for cost recovery or damages. Currently, Pete serves as lead litigation counsel for Union Pacific in the Omega Chemical Superfund Site litigation, lead counsel for Broan-NuTone in CERCLA cost recovery litigation pending in the Central District of California, and co-litigation counsel for plaintiff Occidental Chemical Corporation in the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site litigation in Newark, New Jersey, among other ongoing matters in federal and state courts.

In addition, Pete represents clients in a broad array of matters involving investigative, remedial or corrective action requirements at contaminated sites, including brownfield development projects, voluntary cleanups, and regulatory agency enforcement proceedings. For instance, he represents San Diego Gas & Electric in connection with alleged sediment contamination in the San Diego Bay under Investigative Order No. R9-2017-0083. Pete also serves as environmental counsel to various developer clients in Southern California. This includes active involvement at several of the most significant brownfield projects in the region, like La Terra’s 777 Front Street project in Burbank, a $250 million+ mixed-use project with over 550 residential units and a 300-room hotel at the former Zero Corporation site within the San Fernando Valley Superfund Sites. He regularly interfaces with USEPA, Cal-EPA, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the Statewide regional water quality control boards, and has represented clients in numerous administrative proceedings, appeals and writ actions challenging improper agency actions.

Pete is a former Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Environmental Law Section, and remains a member of its Executive Committee. He Co-Chaired the Yosemite Conference, nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering of California’s leaders in environmental law, and is an advisor to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section. Pete actively participates in and supports various community and charitable organizations, including having coached youth sports for over 10 years and served on the Board of Trustees for his daughters’ school. He remains an avid skier and is somehow clinging to a single-digit golf handicap.

Professional Affiliations

Awards

  • 2020 “Lawyer of the Year,” Environmental Law, Los Angeles, Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law, 2007-present
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Environmental and Environmental Litigation) 2012-present
  • Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2009-present
  • Listed, Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2017

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California

Education

  • University of California, Davis  (J.D.)
  • University of California, Los Angeles  (B.A.)