Beth S. Dorris is a partner in the Environmental Department of Best Best & Krieger. Ms. Dorris represents public and private clients on environmental and land use matters, including those arising under CEQA, NEPA, RCRA, CERCLA, AB 32, SB 375, the Clean Water Act, and other federal and state environmental laws.
Ms. Dorris regularly provides CEQA compliance advice and represents agencies and others in CEQA litigation. For example, she has represented UCLA on its long range development plan and other projects, advised the City of Downey in connection with a major mixed use development, successfully litigated against a large billboard project, participated in the defense of the long range master plan for Los Angeles International Airport, and CEQA counsel on the I-710 Major Corridor project. She also has been providing workshop training and advice to large regional planning agencies on climate change and sustainable development.
Ms. Dorris has broad experience in disposition, acquisition, financing, and development of properties with potentially large environmental liabilities, such as energy facilities, chemical manufacturing plants, former oil fields, and Brownfields. She also provides counsel on the cleanup of contaminated properties and contaminated drinking water, and represents potentially responsible parties in connection with cost recovery claims, administrative actions and cleanup and abatement orders. In addition, she represents companies subject to enforcement actions and citizen suits under the Clean Water Act, Proposition 65, and other environmental statutes.
Ms. Dorris is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Land Use Law at Western State University College of Law. In addition, she frequently speaks at seminars for practicing attorneys and city planners on topical issues related to climate change, sustainability, CEQA, groundwater contamination, environmental disclosure requirements, and environmental citizen's suits. Ms Dorris is on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Section. She has previously served on American Petroleum Institute's RCRA/CERCLA Steering Committee and Western States Petroleum Association's Legal Committee, and was a member of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board's Underground Storage Tank Task Force.
Ms. Dorris graduated from the University of Chicago in 1980 with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, with both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in public policy. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1984, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review.