Cooper, White & Cooper LLP is pleased to announce that Keith M. Casto joined the firm effective July 2, 2012.
Keith M. Casto’s practice focuses on energy and environmental regulatory and transactional consultation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and white collar environmental criminal defense. His energy and environmental law expertise stems from his 10 years of practice at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Atlanta Regional Office and over 20 years in private practice in Northern California and Atlanta, Georgia. He has also been involved with conventional and renewable energy projects, greenhouse gas emissions credit trading, green technology financing, and renewable energy project development, and is an international speaker on these issues. Mr. Casto has been included in the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.
His practice encompasses both conventional and renewable energy project financing, entitlements, and regulatory compliance. His environmental regulatory and litigation practice encompasses regulatory compliance counseling for all environmental media, due diligence investigation in real estate transactions and corporate mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international environmental audits, environmental management system consultation, civil litigation, including cost recovery for soil and ground water contamination under Superfund, and various common law theories and toxic tort defense. In addition, he represents industrial clients, real estate developers, and individuals in defense of civil enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions at federal, state, and local levels in California and throughout the United States.
He has practiced extensively before a number of energy and environmental agencies throughout California, the United States, and Europe, including the EPA, the U. S. Department of Justice, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the U. S. Corps of Engineers, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Air Resource Board, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and numerous hazardous material management regulatory agencies and water districts.
Mr. Casto is also an expert on electronic discovery and has been a national and international speaker on that topic. Before joining Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, he was a partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
Mr. Casto is a member of the Florida Bar, the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of California. He is also active in the Environmental Law Institute, the American Bar Association’s Section on Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Section on International Law, the environmental law sections of the Florida, Georgia, and California state bars, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.