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Peter Niemiec

Peter Niemiec delivers the experience, judgment and business sense of over thirty years to the practice of environmental law and real estate transactions. After practicing law in government, corporate, and law firm settings, he founded his own practice in the Los Angeles area in 2001. His commitment to excellence and dedication to his clients have led to recognition by Martindale Hubbell ®, the pre-eminent national attorney rating organization, with their highest rating, “AV Preeminent” ®. He has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers ®. 2009, 2010, 2012 through 2017.

Peter began his legal career in 1976 as a litigation associate at a major Los Angeles law firm. In 1980, he joined the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where he led the development of rules and policies for the enforcement of pollution control laws. His government experience continued as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana, where he had sole responsibility for civil enforcement matters involving air, water, and soil pollution, defended state permit decisions, and litigated cost recovery and cleanup matters.

Since his return to Los Angeles in 1986, he has served as in-house counsel with major corporations (Southern California Gas Company and Unocal), as well as the sole environmental lawyer for a leading Los Angeles boutique real estate law firm. In these positions, he successfully handled investigations and enforcement actions involving pollution control laws, structured deals for clients purchasing and selling properties with contamination issues, brought and defended cost recovery actions, represented clients in Superfund matters, and successfully appealed agency cleanup decisions. He has obtained coverage for pollution problems under clients’ old insurance policies, as well as negotiated environmental insurance policies that facilitated deals at “brownfields” sites.

The Law Office of Peter Niemiec opened in 2001. Peter continues to handle a wide variety of commercial property transactions and pollution-related issues. He structures deals for clients purchasing, selling and leasing commercial and industrial properties, especially properties with contamination issues, and handles commercial and industrial leases involving a broad range of facilities, including, office, retail and industrial space, as well as ground leases for service station and other retail facilities. He advises clients on contaminated property cleanups, represents individuals identified as “potentially responsible parties” in connection with area-wide Superfund sites, and handles the defense of enforcement actions, underground tank problems, asbestos issues, and Proposition 65 compliance.

EDUCATION

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1976
Associate Editor, Annual Survey of American Law (1975-76)
B.A., Columbia University, 1973

JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

California, 1976
District of Columbia (Inactive), 1982
Indiana (Inactive), 1983

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES / ASSOCIATIONS
  • Member, Executive Committee, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2008 - 2015.
  • Member, Land Use and Environmental Committee, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2002 to present.
  • Member, Leaking Underground Fuel Tank Task Force (established by the State Water Resources Control Board Resolution 2009-0042), 2009-2010.
  • Chair, Land Use and Environmental Committee, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2005 - 2008.
  • Appointed to a National Research Council committee overseeing the disposal of chemical weapons, 1992 - 1997.
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Environmental Auditing Forum, 1991 - 1994.
  • Adjunct Professor at Indiana University School of Law (Indianapolis), teaching Environmental Law, 1984.