Gene A. Lucero

Latham & Watkins LLP

Gene Lucero is Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP and is a Member of the Environment, Land and Resources Department. He joined Latham as a Partner in December 1992 and retired from the Partnership on December 31, 2011. Mr. Lucero is a former Chair of the firm's Global Environment, Land and Resources Department.

Mr. Lucero has defended numerous clients in a number of significant criminal and civil enforcement actions brought by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies under such statutes as RCRA, the Clean Water Act (CWA) and CERCLA. He has been involved in representing companies in a range of governmental rulemaking procedures and has successfully appealed several RCRA rules. He also has extensive experience in dealing with environmental issues that affect land use and development, including Superfund, hazardous waste regulation, water quality and supply laws, and air quality requirements. He is regularly called upon to help with the assessment and allocation of environmental liabilities in business transactions, as well as to handle mediation or litigation of disputes concerning such matters.

Prior to being in private practice, Mr. Lucero directed the EPA enforcement of the federal environmental laws governing hazardous waste for nearly six years. As the Director of the Office of Waste Programs Enforcement from 1982 to 1988, Mr. Lucero shaped many of EPA's regulations and policies concerning environmental liability and directed federal enforcement of a number of laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Underground Storage Tanks law. He testified regularly before Congress about federal and state environmental enforcement and played a key role in the Congressional reauthorization of RCRA and Superfund.

He began his environmental practice as an Assistant Attorney General litigating air and water laws for the State of Colorado; spent two years as Deputy Regional Administrator directing the execution of federal environmental laws in the six-state EPA region headquartered in Denver (Region VIII); and then helped develop the Superfund response program as Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency and Remedial Response before taking over the enforcement office.

Mr. Lucero earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

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