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Viviana L. Heger

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Overview

Viviana Heger is Of Counsel at Meyers Nave in the firm’s Land Use and Environmental Law Practice Group. She has more than 15 years of experience assisting clients with matters involving air quality, water quality, hazardous waste and materials management and disposal, greenhouse gas emissions, remediation, and chemicals regulations, including Proposition 65, the Toxic Substances Control Act and California’s Green Chemistry Initiative. Viviana also has a strong background in real estate, land use, and commercial and industrial development.

Viviana advises and defends clients in complex environmental regulatory matters, sometimes in crisis or emergency situations involving spills or releases that require reporting and immediate response actions under both state and federal laws. Her experience includes compliance counseling and complex litigation, administrative petitions and appeals, defense in enforcement, and procurement of permits. Based on years of comprehensive expertise, she quickly identifies practical and effective regulatory strategies that clients can implement to help eliminate or minimize potential liabilities. Her experience also includes advising on health, safety and emergency management plans.

Viviana has assisted clients with contested and non-contested permitting matters in both formal and informal proceeding with state and local regulatory agencies including the South Coast Air Quality Management District and other air districts, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and regional water quality control boards. She has also litigated claims involving property damage, toxic torts, and environmental citizen suits.

Viviana’s unique background includes nearly 10 years in the legal department of a global petrochemical company where she handled environmental compliance and litigation matters relating to marketing, manufacturing and distribution operations. In addition to analyzing state and federal environmental claim liabilities, Viviana compiled the company’s compliance manual that covered federal laws and laws of numerous states.

Prior to private practice, Viviana served as a part-time judicial extern for the Honorable A. Howard Matz. She researched and prepared memos recommending outcomes on motions to dismiss, reviewed new cases for jurisdictional deficiencies, and drafted court orders.

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