Steve hoch

Steven L. Hoch

Member
Office

Los Angeles

1055 West Seventh Street
Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Practice Areas
Environment, Energy & Natural Resources
Education
J.D., Boston University School of Law, Fenway–Kenmore, Boston, Massachusetts, 1973
B.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1970
State Bar Licenses
California
Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of California
Awards/Achievements
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
Membership
Planning Committee, ABA's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 2018 Environmental Seminar
Planning Committee, 2018 Remediation Summit
Association of California Water Agencies: Water Quality Committee; Water Quality and Groundwater Hydraulic Fracking Workgroup; Hexavalent Chromium Workgroup
American Water Works Association
Groundwater Resources Association
State Bar of California Association Environmental Law Section
American Bar Association: Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; Section of Litigation; Annual Water Law Conference Organizing Committee: 2008-2014
Century City Bar Association: Secretary (2012-2013), Treasurer (2011-2012)

Steven L. Hoch

Member

Steven Hoch has over 40 years of experience with both federal and state environmental laws and regulations in the context of permitting, regulatory proceedings, litigation, enforcement actions, water supply, public policy formation, and advice.  His work includes contamination of land and ground and surface water. Steven has critical experience in the areas of environmental law and the federal and state Safe Drinking Water Acts, Title 23, water supply, and the mechanics of water distribution.  His experience also extends to groundwater modeling and water quality testing.  He also has significant experience in hazardous substances and waste handling practices, remediation, soil erosion, and claims of toxic exposures.

Steven has in-depth experience working with numerous public water systems throughout the state.  He has also established a sterling reputation for his work with the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the Department of Toxic Substance Control, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency both in the administrative and litigation.  His clients range from the country's largest municipal water agency to individuals selling or buying contaminated sites.

Steven often takes primary roles in many environmental trials, and has served as liaison counsel for groups or parties at the request of fellow counsel.  He has been involved in several landmark cases, including acting as PG&E's counsel in the case made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich.

Steven's goal in his practice is to assist clients, be they governmental or private, to find cost-effective solutions to environmental issues by using a common sense approach to explore possible resolution of matters and provide economically sensible results.  When that is not possible, Steven will take the actions necessary to protect his clients’ interests.

Steven is a recognized authority in his field.  He has published several definitive articles on environmental liability, and has lectured at many professional conferences on hazardous waste, environmental regulation, groundwater modeling, products liability, toxic torts, and other environmental matters.

Publications/Presentations

  • Author, "CERCLA Trumps As-Is Sales", HazMat eNewsletter, October 5, 2017
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, June 2017
    • "Oh Crap, Another Problem for Agriculture"
  • Presenter, "The Pitfalls of Water Quality as it Effects Sustainability", California Groundwater Law Conference, May 18, 2017
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, April 2017
    •  "A (Very) Short History of Fluoride"
  • Author, "Do You Pump Water? You May be a Polluter", Business and Legal Resources, March 28, 2017
  • Guest Speaker, "What's the Future of the EPA and Its Regulations?, EHS on Tap: The Podcast for EHS Professionals, March 3, 2017
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, February 2017
    • "Airplane Water Regulations""
  • Presenter, AGWA-AGWT Annual California Groundwater Conference, "The Impact of Contamination on Groundwater Sustainability," February 16, 2017
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, January 2017
    •  "O TCE, TCE! Wherefore art thou TCE?" 
    •  "EPA Changes Its Methodology of Dealing with Vapor Intrusion"
    •  "Court Restores EPA's Water Transfer Rule"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, December 2016
    •  "The Poem" 
    •  "EPA Says 'No' to Fracking"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, September 2016
    • "15 of the World’s Key Environmental Issues and a Walk on the Wild Side" 
    • -"No Liability for Past Deeds"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, July 2016
    • "If You Pump Water, You May be a Polluter—Ain’t That Swell!"
    • "Disposal by Wind is not a Disposal" 
    • "CA Proposes Adopting New Permit Program for Wetlands and Waters of the State"
    • "EPA Increases Civil Penalties"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, June 2016
    • "Earth Day #1 + 46 years—We are better, but what about the rest of the world?"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, March 2016
    • "Our Love Affair with Nitrogen-Based Fertilizers: Are We Breaking Up?"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, February 2016
    • "Like a Lead Balloon"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, December 2015
    •  "The Many Faces of the Environment"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, October 2015
    • "Solving the Issue of Pharmaceuticals in Water is Physiologically Impossible"
  • Presenter, The Science and Law of Water in California, "Groundwater Quality: Complying with Federal and State Regulations and Technical Requirements," September 17, 2015
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, August 2015
    • "Underground Storage Tanks - Who Ever Thought of That?"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, July 2015
    • "You got the Vapors!"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, June 2015
    • "EPA Releases Hundreds of Pages to Explain What 'Waters of the United States' Means"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, April 2015
  • "Trustee Liability for Contaminated Property," co-presenter, Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) 20th Annual Educational Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 23, 2015
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, March 2015
    • "Safer Choice Label"
    • "State Supreme Court Weighs In on Clean Air Act Preemption"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, February 2015
    • "Happy Anniversary to the Safe Drinking Water Act"
    • "Deadlining Litigation Doesn’t Seem to Make Much of an Impact"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, January 2015
    • "Environmental Resolutions for 2015"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, November 2014
    • "California’s Good Intentions Gone Haywire"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, October 2014
    • "EPA's Data Dilemma"
  • "'Gross Negligence' at Deepwater Horizon," Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 15, 2014
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, September 2014
    • Author, "As Water Flows, So Does the Reach of the Government: The Clean Water Act"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, July 2014
    • Author, "Climate Change Makes Strange Bedfellows"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, May 2014
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, April 2014
    • Author, "New Hurdles for California Business with Proposed Prop 65 Changes"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, March 2014
    • Author, "The Oozing Environmental Problem No One Likes to Talk About"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, January 2014
    • Author, "Look Before You Leap: the EPA and Fire Hydrant Requirements"
  • "Joint and Several Liability is the Future of the Clean Water Act," American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Water Quality and Wetlands Committee Newsletter, December 2013
  • "The Regulatory History of Hexavalent Chromium," panelist/moderator, Association of California Water Agencies Fall Conference & Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, December 4, 2013
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, December 2013
    • Author, "Setting Drinking Water Quality Levels Is Like Making Sausages – It's an Ugly Process but Somehow Works"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, November 2013
    • Author, "Our Water Is Going to Pot"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, October 2013
    • Author, "Climate Change"
  • "Proposed Updates to EPA's Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater," Email Alert, October 2, 2013
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, August 2013
    • Author, "Farming and the Environment"
  • "Superfund or Supermess: How CERCLA May Be Failing Water Providers," co-presented to Association of California Water Agencies Regulatory Summit, Oxnard, CA, August 14, 2013
  • "Circuits Say CERCLA Contribution Available for State Law Liability," Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 23, 2013
  • "New Clean Water Act Decision Raises Defense Concerns," Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 25, 2013
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, July 2013
    • Author, "Looking at the Environment"
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, June 2013
  • "Court Says Clean Water Act Permit Reviews Cannot Be Compelled," Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 22, 2013
  • Editor, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP's Environmental Law Newsletter, May 2013
  • "CERCLA Apportionment Unworkable," Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 19, 2013
  • "EPA 'Legislation by Memo' Comes Under Fire," Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 29, 2013
  • "Solving the Stormwater Compliance Puzzle and Understanding What it All Means," presented to American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), March 26, 2013 
  • "Beware CERCLA Statutory Pitfalls," Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 21, 2013
  • "Seventh Circuit Says CERCLA Cost Recovery and Contribution Claims Are Mutually Exclusive," Email Alert, January 30, 2013
  • "Supreme Court Signals Importance of Causation in Clean Water Act Violations," Email Alert, January 16, 2013
  • "Court Closes Door on Dual CERCLA Claim Actions," Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 9, 2013
  • Quoted in "Environmental Cases To Watch In 2013," by Sean McLernon, Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 1, 2013
  • Co-author, "Point-of-Use Devices Raise Specter of Liability of Water Providers," American Water Works Association California-Nevada Section, SOURCE Magazine, Vol.26 Number 4, Fall 2012
  • "Strategies for Solving CEC Problems Upstream," speaker, American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Summer Conference on Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II: Research, Engineering and Community Action, Denver, CO, June 26, 2012
  • Interviewed by Law360.com regarding joining Morris Polich & Purdy LPP, article published May 23, 2012
  • "Agriculture: the New Environmental Demon - A Historical Change in Perspective and Challenge for the Future," Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB) Newsletter, Vol.21 Issue 4, April 2012
  • "The EPA Takes It on the Chin," Email Alert, March 26, 2012
  • "Whose Contaminant Is It Anyway?" presenter, California Nevada Section American Water Works Association, Reno, NV, October 18, 2011
  • "Trichloroethylene Now Considered a Possible Human Carcinogen by EPA," Brownstein Client Update, October 7, 2011
  • "The Water/Energy Nexus in California," Law Seminars International, June 20, 2011
  • "Nevada: Leading the LEED Revolution," Communiqué, Vol. 32, No. 4, April 2011
  • "The 6th Symposium in the Series on Tools and Technologies: Environmental Forensics in an Era of Emerging Diagnostic Methods," Groundwater Resources Association of California, Irvine, CA, April 12, 2011
  • "Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Their Impact on Real Estate Law and Practice," speaker, Law Education Institute's National CLE Conference, Vail, CO, January 7, 2011
  • "Legal Implications and the Use of Nanotechnology in the Water Industry," speaker, ACWA Conference, Indian Wells, CA, December 1, 2010
  • "Energy Disclosures: California Law and the Pending ASTM Standard," speaker, California Building Industry Association's SCIL Conference, Ojai, CA, November 20, 2010
  • "Client Alert: EPA Stays Numeric Turbidity Effluent Limitation," Brownstein Client Alert, November 9, 2010
  • "Groundwater and Water Rights," speaker, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, Paso Robles, CA, October 21, 2010
  • "A Tale of Environmental Inclusion," The Daily Journal, July 26, 2010
  • "Little Stuff, Legal Consequences?" speaker, American Water Works Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 21, 2010
  • "Impacts of New SEC Climate Change Disclosure Policy on Your Company," presenter, live webinar, May 25, 2010
  • "Impact of Climate Change on Golf Industry," speaker, Club Managers Association of America, San Diego, CA, February 8-13, 2010
  • "Client Alert: SEC Clarifies Public Companies' Obligation to Disclose Impact of Climate Change, Including Pending Green House Gas Emission Reduction Legislation and Regulation," Brownstein Client Alert, February 2, 2010
  • "Client Update: Requiring Reports of Water Quality Also Requires Action to be Taken," Brownstein Client Alert, November 11, 2009
  • "Client Alert: Appellate Court Holds Utilities Liable on a Nuisance Theory For Greenhouse Gas Emissions is Likely to Lead to a Proliferation of Suits," Brownstein Client Alert, September 29, 2009
  • "Case Alert: U.S. Supreme Court's Failure to Review Ninth Circuit Superfund Ruling May Result in Increased Filing of Claims by Plaintiffs for Toxic Torts," Brownstein Case Alert, July 17, 2009
  • "Commercial Building Energy Rating Disclosures and Its Impact on Real Estate Transactions"
  • "Case Alert: Guzman v. County of Monterey, More Protection for Municipal Water Suppliers," Brownstein Case Alert, June 24, 2009
  • "The Brewing Climate Change Storm and TRUs," Western Grower & Shipper, June 2009
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Eliminates Joint and Several Liability Under CERCLA," Brownstein Case Alert, May 7, 2009
  • "Case Alert: Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling on CERCLA Liability," Brownstein Case Alert, May 7, 2009
  • "Will CERCLA Allow Water Entities to Recover Response Costs From Pharmaceutical Companies?" Law & Water Column, American Water Works Association Journal, May 2009
  • "Client Update: California Office of Planning & Research Releases Updated CEQA Guidelines For GHG Reviews," Brownstein Client Update, April 23, 2009
  • "The Recorder: Rise of the Climate Law Practice Group," The Recorder, February 2009
  • "Client Alert: State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Water Recycling Policy," Brownstein Client Alert, February 6, 2009
  • "Pesticide Discharges Under The Clean Water Act"
  • "Client Alert: Implications of California's Construction Storm Water Program," Brownstein Client Alert, January 23, 2009
  • "California/EPA's Recommendations for the State's Green Chemistry Initiative"
  • "California's Sweeping 'Green Chemistry' Initiative Moves Forward"
  • "Client Alert: California Issues Draft Guideline Amendments For Green House Gases Under CEQA," Brownstein Client Alert, January 14, 2009
  • "Climate Change and Its Impact on the Practice of Real Estate Law," speaker, Colorado CLE Conference, Vail, CO January 5, 2009
  • "Could Climate Change Alter Golf Course Operations?" Golf Course Industry, November 2008
  • "Client Alert: EPA's National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change"
  • "Summary of EPA's National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change"
  • "Summary of Climate Change and Public Company Financial Disclosure: A Brewing Challenge"
  • "Client Alert: Climate Change and Financial Disclosure: A Brewing Challenge"
  • "Client Alert: California's AB 32: The Blueprint"
  • "Client Alert: California's Toxic Substance Control Act Breaks New Barriers But For Better Or For Worse?" Brownstein Client Alert, October 7, 2008
  • "Client Alert: California's SB 375, Land Use Measure to Reduce Green House Gases Signed Into Law," Brownstein Client Alert, October 2, 2008
  • "Client Alert: The Internal Revenue Service Speaks Out on Supplemental Environmental Programs," Brownstein Client Alert, September 17, 2008
  • "The Impact of Global Warming on Land Use Planning: the California and Colorado Experiences," Presentation to the American Planning Association, Colorado Chapter, Annual Conference, Breckenridge, CO, September 12, 2008
  • "Summary of Key Features Contained in the Appendices to CARB's Draft Scoping Plan Prepared Pursuant to AB 32," Brownstein Client Alert, August 14, 2008
  • "Client Alert: California's AB 32 Scoping Plan Appendices Issued," Brownstein Client Alert, August 14, 2008
  • "Summary of Climate Change Draft Scoping Plan Prepared by The California Air Resources Board Pursuant to AB 32," Brownstein Client Alert, July 10, 2008
  • "California's Sweeping Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Leaves Some Issues Unanswered," Brownstein Client Alert, July 10, 2008
  • "Colorado Climate Change Alert," Brownstein Client Alert, April 30, 2008
  • "New Vapor Intrusion Standards Alert," Brownstein Client Alert, Vol 1:1, March 26, 2008
  • "In Depth Analysis of the ASTM Voluntary Standard Practice," In Depth Analysis of the ASTM Voluntary Standard Practice for Assessment of Vapor Intrusion into Structures on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions (Designation: E 2600 – 08), March 26, 2008
  • "AB 32 California Climate Change Initiative," Issue No. 1, January 24, 2008
  • "Waste Not, Water Not"
  • "Case Alert: Urban Water Management Plans And Groundwater Contamination Issues," October 4, 2004
  • "Case Alert: New Statute Alert A.B. 2528: "Action Level" Is Replaced By Two New Regulatory Concepts," September 30, 2004
  • "Case Alert: Court Dismisses All Drinking Water Providers from Mass Toxic Tort Suit," August 4, 2004
  • "Case Alert: Cost Recovery for Contamination to Groundwater," June 16, 2004
  • "Case Alert: Water Rechargers and Providers May Qualify as PRPs Under CERCLA," April 27, 2004