Morrison & Foerster’s Peter Hsiao Elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers


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LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2014) – Morrison & Foerster partner Peter Hsiao has been elected a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, one of the premier professional legal associations in America.

Mr. Hsiao is head of the firm’s Environment and Energy Group in Los Angeles. He is a trial lawyer and chemical engineer with more than 29 years of courtroom experience in environmental, natural resources, and chemical litigation. He formerly served as the Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney for environmental matters in the Central District of California. He is one of 16 lawyers named as a Distinguished Environmental Advocate by the American Bar Association, former chair of the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Section, and identified by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Legal 500 as one of the nation’s leading environmental attorneys.

Mr. Hsiao represents government agencies and companies in the manufacturing, chemical, consumer product, real estate development, and financial service industries, and is an expert in clean air, water, and hazardous waste issues. He leads the firm’s Green Chemistry and Products Group. He currently serves as lead counsel for the agency responsible for regulating the dried Owens Lake bed. Made famous by the movie “Chinatown,” the diversion of Owens Valley water to Los Angeles has created the nation’s largest source of particulate air pollution, requiring new and innovative control methods.

Mr. Hsiao received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was the S.K. Yee Scholar and the winner of the McBaine Advocacy Award; he received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Utah in 1982.

Morrison & Foerster is the only law firm with three members of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, with Mr. Hsiao joining his partners Michèle Corash and Bob Falk.

Founded in 2007, the college is composed of distinguished lawyers practicing in the field of environmental law and drawn from private practice, academia, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Fellowship in the college is by invitation only, after careful investigation, and its members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. The college is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of practice, administration of justice, and ethics of the profession, and to contributing to the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level, as well as helping others in the field through sharing knowledge by writing, speaking, and teaching. The college has 199 members from 48 states and the District of Columbia.

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