Mark Warnke

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Email: mwarnke@cwclaw.comPhone: 925-935-0700

Mark R. Warnke is an attorney with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, and works in the firm’s Walnut Creek (Contra Costa County) office. Mr. Warnke practices primarily environmental law, focusing on compliance counseling, facility permitting, and the defense of government enforcement actions. He also practices business and intellectual property law.

In his environmental practice, Mr. Warnke frequently works with clients on Clean Air Act matters, including the interpretation of Title V operating permit program requirements and the rules and regulations propounded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. He represents clients before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and various California regional water quality control boards associated with NPDES permits and waste discharge requirements, oil spills and groundwater cleanups. Mr. Warnke also assists clients in complying with disclosure and reporting obligations under federal and state law associated with releases of hazardous materials, and in meeting warning obligations imposed on businesses under California’s Proposition 65.

Mr. Warnke is frequently consulted on environmental due diligence issues arising from the acquisition of industrial and commercial properties and on general permitting matters involving proposed facility expansions and development. He also has particular expertise in the preparation and negotiation of contracts for the treatment, storage, disposal and management of hazardous materials, and for emergency response services.

Mr. Warnke is also knowledgeable regarding current developments on climate change and global warming regulation occurring at both the state and federal levels.  He has dealt with issues involving assessment of greenhouse gas emissions under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and works in implementing, counseling and compliance for regulatory developments under California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (“AB 32”).

Mr. Warnke received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1986.  In 1990, he received his J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis, where he was an editor of the University of California, Davis Law Review.  Prior to joining Cooper in 1993, Mr. Warnke worked as an environmental attorney for Chevron Corporation, specializing in natural resources matters, including requirements of the Endangered Species Act.  Before entering the legal profession, he also worked as an environmental engineer for the State of California Air Resources Board.