Alejandro Bras is an attorney in Morrison & Foerster’s Environment and Energy Group. Mr. Bras focuses primarily on environmental, resource, and consumer product-related litigation; federal and California environmental compliance and regulatory matters; and environmental liability and risk assessment for complex bankruptcies and corporate transactions.
Mr. Bras has represented clients in both federal and California courts, as well as before environmental regulatory agencies, and has provided environmental counseling on multi-billion dollar transactions. He frequently defends small and industry-scale California Proposition 65 actions, multiparty actions, and complex designation actions and works closely with expert witnesses on sophisticated science and evidentiary issues. He also advises clients with respect to air, water, and product- and chemical-related agency regulations. Mr. Bras’ clients operate in a range of industries, from consumer products, electronics, and food, to energy and real estate.
Mr. Bras is actively involved in the firm’s pro bono work. He has represented low-income individuals in housing disputes; contributed to the conservation efforts of The Nature Conservancy; overseen the work of Berkeley law students in providing legal assistance to Iraqi refugees; worked alongside an international nonprofit to aid in the protection and preservation of a designated World Heritage Site; and assisted with the development of guidelines and best practices for project environmental impact assessments in Central and South America.
Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Bras served as an extern for the Honorable John A. Mendez of the United States District Court in the Eastern District of California.
Mr. Bras received his J.D., with pro bono distinction, from Stanford Law School. He was an executive board member of the Stanford Latino Law Students Association and an editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Mr. Bras also worked at the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford, advising nonprofit clients on a variety of issues involving natural resources use, climate change, and marine resources. Prior to law school, Mr. Bras received his B.A., cum laude, in politics from Princeton University.
Chemicals in Sunscreens Litigation Defense counsel to major manufacturers and retailers in a series of cases alleging that sunscreens and sunscreen-containing cosmetics products contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer. Resolved cases on terms favorable to clients.
Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) Coffee Litigation (Cal. Superior Court, Los Angeles). Represent virtually every major producer of packaged or brewed coffee sold in California—including Folgers, Green Mountain Roasters, illy, and Maxwell House—in two lawsuits brought by CERT regarding the presence of acrylamide, a byproduct of roasting coffee beans, in coffee.
Environmental Law Foundation v. Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., et al. (Cal. Superior Court, Alameda). Represented fifteen major food companies in trial and appellate victories in a case brought by the Environmental Law Foundation and a class action firm arguing that the companies’ baby food, fruit juice, and packaged fruit products must carry cancer and birth defect warnings. The trial judge and unanimous panel of the California Court of Appeal rejected plaintiffs’ arguments and affirmed judgment for our clients.
Global Logistics Properties Environmental and compliance counsel advising on issues related to Global Logistics Properties’ definitive agreement to acquire a $4.55 billion U.S. logistics portfolio from Industrial Income Trust.
Groundwater Contamination Litigation (U.S. District Court, California). Represented client in federal court related to allegations of contributions to groundwater contamination; the team achieved dismissal of all claims against the client.
In re Maxus Energy Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.). Special environmental counsel to Maxus Energy Corporation and an affiliate relative to their Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization proceedings. By virtue of a pre-filing indemnification obligation, Maxus had been responsible for investigation and remediation activities at numerous contaminated sites throughout the United States, including being the lead player at some of the most noteworthy federal Superfund and Natural Resources Damages sites in the United States.
Trade Street Residential Environmental and compliance counsel advising on issues related to Trade Street Residential’s definitive merger agreement with Independence Realty Trust, Inc.
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