Brian L. Zagon

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With almost three decades of experience, Brian Zagon assists clients in the environmental counseling, environmental litigation and insurance coverage arenas. Since 2008, he has represented oil and gas clients on a regular basis. Brian’s experience consists of representing clients in environmental litigation matters in federal and state court, including defense against contamination claims and affirmative cost-recovery claims. He also has experience resolving multi-party cases brought under CERCLA, RCRA, the California Health and Safety Code, the California Water Code, and other federal and state environmental laws. In addition, Brian has assisted clients with planning site investigation work, and cost-effective cleanup solutions and cost-recovery. In the oil and gas sector, he has helped clients with matters involving business disputes, contractual indemnity obligations and insurance coverage for environmental and contractor disputes. 

  • Experience
    • Representing clients in environmental litigation matters in federal and state court.  Work includes defense against contamination claims and affirmative cost-recovery claims.
    • Resolving multi-party cases brought under CERCLA, RCRA, the California Health and Safety Code, the California Water Code, and other federal and state environmental laws.
    • Planning site investigation work, cost-effective cleanup solutions, and cost-recovery. 
    • Representing clients in environmental regulatory proceedings before USEPA and California agencies.
    • Representing oil and gas clients in matters involving business disputes, contractual indemnity obligations and insurance coverage for environmental and contractor disputes.
    • Counseling on a variety of environmental, contractual indemnity and insurance coverage issues.

  • Professional Affiliations

    American Bar Association

    Bar Association of San Francisco

    Contra Costa County Bar Association

    National Grand Water Association

    Groundwater Resources Association of California

  • Awards & Honors
    Super Lawyers
    Environmental Litigation, Northern California, 2008-2018
  • Government Service
  • News & Presentations
  • Thought Leadership

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law J.D., 1989 magna cum laude
Member, Order of the Coif and Thurston Society
Teaching assistant for civil procedure (2 years)

University of California at Berkeley B.A., 1985