With more than 20 years of litigation experience, Mr. Adair represents clients at the trial and appellate levels before both state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings, arbitration and mediation.
He represents corporations, private landowners, government agencies, water supply agencies, cities and individuals with an emphasis on environmental and natural resources litigation, toxic tort defense, product liability, general commercial litigation and a variety of transactional matters.
In practice since 1990, Mr. Adair is an accomplished litigator whose practice has focused on environmental and natural resources matters, including:
* Litigation and administrative actions under federal and state environmental statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and their state law counterparts, California’s underground storage tank statutes, as well as contract and tort disputes arising out of environmental contamination of real property.
* Defense of toxic tort litigation involving claimed human exposure to various chemicals and other agents, including perchlorate, trichloroethylene, hydrogen sulfide, and methane gas, primarily associated with historic operations of oil fields, chemical and munitions plants, and other industrial facilities.
* Negotiation of real estate sales and acquisitions and other transactional matters involving environmentally-impacted properties and facilities.
Before joining Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP, Mr. Adair worked in the legal department of Texaco Inc. where he handled a wide array of litigation and transactional matters. He was also employed as a senior associate in the environmental and natural resources and litigation departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Adair served as a pro bono prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office upon successful completion of the Trial Attorney Project training program.
Mr. Adair has also distinguished himself as a leading expert on legal and environmental issues related to the oil and gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” particularly as employed in California.