Environmental and Toxic Torts Section

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Introducing the Environmental and Toxic Torts Section

The Environmental and Toxic Torts focuses on all areas of environmental torts and assists members litigating cases involving exposure to dangerous chemicals, toxic emissions, and hazardous waste. Addresses asbestos, herbicides and pesticides, PFAS and other “forever chemicals,” climate change litigation, environmental pollution, hazardous waste and exposure, environmental racism, and other dangerous chemicals.

Related Litigation Groups


The Environmental and Toxic Torts Section works closely with other related Litigation Groups to develop in-depth CLE programs, meetings, and events throughout the year.

Asbestos Litigation Group
Benzene/Leukemia Litigation Group
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Litigation Group

Climate Change Litigation Group

Ethylene Oxide (ETO) Litigation Group

Environmental Racism Litigation Group

Hair Relaxer Litigation Group

Herbicides and Pesticides Litigation Group

PFAS Water Contamination Litigation Group

Wildfires Litigation Group

Section Leadership

  • Chair: Rhon E. Jones | Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, PC, Montgomery, AL
  • Chair-Elect: Gale D. Pearson | Fears Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas, TX
  • Vice Chair: James Bilsborrow | Weitz & Luxenberg, PC, New York, NY
  • Membership Liaison: Brian LaCien | Smith LaCien LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Secretary: Stephanie Biehl | Sher Edling, LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • Content Curator: Patrick Andrews | Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, New York, NY
  • Immediate Past Chair: Kevin S. Hannon | Singleton Schreiber, LLP, Denver, CO

The Environmental and Toxic Torts Section formed in 2022. Learn more about the Section's history here.

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Section membership is open to all membership categories and Paralegal Affiliates. Certain benefits in membership categories other than Regular, Life, Sustaining, and President's Club may be restricted. In particular, access to the Section e-mail list servers are limited to Regular, Life, Sustaining, and President's Club Members, and sponsored Law Professors and Paralegal Affiliates. The online document libraries are limited to Regular, Life, Sustaining, and President's Club Members. List server participants and access to a Section's document library requires membership in that specific Section.