Linda C. Beresford

Phone: (619) 231-5858
Fax: (619) 231-5853
Email: lindab@envirolawyer.com

 

  • Legal Writing Professor at University of San Diego
  • Former Environmental Consultant
  • More than 10 years Practicing Environmental Law

Linda C. Beresford is a partner with Opper & Varco LLP, where she practices environmental law and civil litigation.

Ms. Beresford's specializes in the redevelopment of brownfields properties, including advising clients on acquisition of contaminated properties, working with regulators to implement clean up strategies for brownfields sites, and negotiating terms for redevelopment projects involving contaminated properties. Ms. Beresford also has an active civil litigation practice, which provides assistance to both public and private entities to recover clean up costs from responsible parties under both state and federal law. Ms. Beresford was co-counsel on two appellate cases which lead to significant published decisions about the Polanco Redevelopment Act. Ms. Beresford also litigates other land-use matters and has an active federal civil litigation practice involving claims under federal environmental statutes.
Ms. Beresford also specializes in real estate transactions involving the purchase and sale of contaminated properties. She has highly developed practice in advising clients on obtaining “bona fide prospective purchaser” status and negotiates protections from regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Beresford was a law clerk for a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California where she prepared bench memoranda and drafted opinions. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Beresford was an environmental consultant with Kleinfelder, Inc., where she focused on environmental compliance issues and underground storage tank regulations. Ms. Beresford also conducted property assessments for commercial transactions and to assist in developing remediation strategies.

Ms. Beresford is admitted to the California Bar, and all four Federal Districts of California. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and is a former member of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court and a former member of the California Redevelopment Association Brownfields Committee.
Ms. Beresford also currently teaches an upper division legal writing course at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Ms. Beresford received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she served as an associate editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly and as a director of the Public Interest Task Force, and graduated Order of the Coif.

Full Resume

Professional Experience

Opper & Varco LLP
San Diego, California

Partner, July 2003 to present. Private law practice concentrating in the redevelopment of contaminated properties, hazardous waste cleanup (including civil litigation and appellate work relating thereto), state environmental compliance counseling, environmental permitting, land use, business and real estate transaction environmental issues, and underground storage tank issues.

Foley & Lardner
San Diego, California

Associate Attorney, 2002 – 2003. Private law practice concentrating in the redevelopment of contaminated properties, hazardous waste cleanup (including civil litigation and appellate work relating thereto), state environmental compliance counseling, environmental permitting, land use, business and real estate transaction environmental issues.

McKenna & Cuneo
San Diego, California

Associate Attorney, 1999 - 2002. Private law practice concentrating in the redevelopment of contaminated properties, hazardous waste cleanup (including civil litigation and appellate work relating thereto), and general business civil litigation and supporting appellate work.


United States District Court, Southern District of California

San Diego, California

Law Clerk, 1998 – 1999. Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge James F. Stiven. Prepared bench memoranda in preparation for hearings and rulings on motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss, various discovery disputes, and settlement conferences.


Kleinfelder, Inc.

San Diego, California

Environmental Consultant, 1993 – 1995. Prior to entering law school, worked two years as an environmental consultant implementing underground storage tank compliance programs for major gas station chain; drafted assessment and remedial action plans for approval by various regulatory agencies, including supporting staff work on the NAVY CLEAN project for Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.

Education

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, California, J.D., 1998.

  • Graduated Order of the Coif (Top 10% of Class)
  • Associate Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly
  • Director, Public Interest Task Force 
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., B.A. 1993
  • Economics and Political Science major, Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Honors Philosophy Program
  • Member: Catholic University Community Action Network

Published Opinions

The Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego v. The Salvation Army, 103 Cal.App.4th 755 (2002).

Publications

Author, “Brownfield Redevelopment: Laws and Cases Governing the Clean Up and Associated Cost Recovery of Contaminated Properties”, The Urban Lawyer, Fall 2002, Volume 34, Number 4.

Admissions

State Bar of California
United States District Court, Southern District
United States District Court, Central District
United States District Court, Eastern District

Memberships

State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
San Diego County Bay Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Sections
Federal Bar Association
Former member, Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court