Earl L. Hagström is a partner in Sedgwick LLP’s Environmental Toxic Tort and Natural Resources Practice Groups. Mr. Hagström represents clients in CWA and RCRA citizen suit actions and in cost recovery litigation involving soil and groundwater contamination. He also represents landowners in negotiations with the EPA involving the restoration and reclamation of abandoned uranium mines. Mr. Hagström represents manufacturing clients in Product Stewardship matters before the DTSC. Mr. Hagström coordinates ongoing and legacy remediations for clients by managing internal client resources and negotiating remedial requirements and consent agreements with State and Federal agencies. He has represented clients in litigation arising out of the disposal and release of flow-back and hydraulic fracturing fluids from oil and gas operations. He has directed the valuation of environmental liabilities in bankruptcy proceedings and environmental indemnities in facility acquisitions and real property transaction. Mr. Hagström also advises insurance clients on the allocation of risks and damages in matters involving multi-site and multi-party long-tailed claims.
Mr. Hagström has represented insurance clients in OPA actions and NRDA claims under CERCLA and OPA. He has also successfully tried CERCLA and tort-based contamination cases before juries, courts and represented clients in administrative proceedings. Mr. Hagström has also been retained as an expert in the application of CERCLA.
Mr. Hagström was an Exploration Geologist for Phillips Petroleum’s Frontier Exploration Group (now Conoco-Phillips) (1978-1982) and an Exploration and Operations Supervisor for British Petroleum’s North Alaska Group (1982-1986). He holds a B.A. in Geology from Boston University (1976), a M.S. in Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, magna cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island (1978) and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco (1990).
Mr. Hagström’s published decisions include Catellus Development v. USA, 828 F. Supp. 764 (N.D. Cal. 1993) and Catellus Development v. USA, 34 F.3d 748 (9th Cir.1994).
Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments
Mr. Hagström was awarded an AV Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and has been named one of the Bay Area’s top lawyers by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine. He was also selected by his peers as one of the top five percent of Northern California environmental attorneys. He is Chair of Sedgwick LLP’s Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force and Co-Editor of its Hydraulic Fracturing Digest. Mr. Hagström has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Claims Journal since 2012. He is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy and Decision Making (2009-2012 and 2014) at the College of Marin and has been appointed to the college’s Planning and Resource Allocation Committee. Mr. Hagström recently joined the advisory board of the University of San Francisco’s Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society, which brings together alumni, students and faculty interested in environmental, energy and natural resources law.
Mr. Hagström received Sedgwick’s Mentor of the Year award in 2009 and continues to mentor Sedgwick associates.
Mr. Hagström was a member of the Executive Board for the Environmental and Water Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco (1995-2009). He was elected Vice-President of the Northern California Professional Environmental Marketing Association for the 2010-2011 term. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Sedgwick LLP’s representative to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Environmental Educations Committee and the California Manufacturers Association Environmental Quality Steering Committee.
Mr. Hagström has spoken and published extensively on issues related to groundwater contamination, hazardous waste, and hydraulic fracturing. He is the editor and a contributing author for “Perchlorate: A Scientific, Legal and Economic Assessment,” (Lawyers and Judges Publishing, March 2006). He also served as a member of the National Ground Water Association’s Environmental and Water Law National Speakers Panel.
Mr. Hagström is an arbitrator for the City and County of San Francisco’s Homeless Shelter and Assistance Program.
Environmental Litigation; Eminent Domain; Water Quality; Hazardous Waste