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Timothy V.P. Gallagher  

Timothy V. P. Gallagher is the firm's founder. He has extensive litigation, mediation, and counseling experience in all areas of environmental law, and several other areas involving complex commercial matters.

Tim's experience includes the representation of public entities, public and closely held companies, and individuals in cases involving groundwater and soil contamination, mass and toxic torts, air pollution, wetlands restoration, water rights, land use, and environmental impact review. His practice experience extends to litigation and counseling in the areas of aviation, employment, real estate, healthcare, and insurance law. He is nationally recognized for developing risk transfer and financial mechanisms to facilitate the remediation of large-scale contamination, and the settlement of these lawsuits which often involve several federal and state agencies, and dozens if not hundreds or thousands of parties as well as insurance carriers. Among the notable settlements he has achieved is the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund litigation which, at nearly $1 billion, remains one of the largest settlements with a single private party in Superfund history.

As a mediator, Tim has facilitated the resolution of a variety of complex matters. In addition to all types of environmental cases, he leads mediations for cases involving products liability, pension plans, real estate, healthcare, and class actions.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tim co-founded several successful companies and business ventures in the trucking and aviation industries.


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, JD
  • University of Southern California, BA
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice:

  • All California courts

Representative Matters:


  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control v. Brighton Oil Company Contribution action involving oil waste site in Sacramento County.
  • American States Water Company v. Aerojet-General Corporation Contribution action involving the contamination of the Arden Cordova Basin in Sacramento County.
  • Shell Chemical Company v. County of Los Angeles CERCLA cost recovery action.
  • Abel v. Lockheed Martin Toxic tort matter related to the Burbank/Glendale area Superfund site in Los Angeles County with over 3,500 plaintiffs.
  • Babich v. Cadillac Fairview/California and Kidwell v. Montrose Chemical Toxic tort matters related to the Del Amo Superfund site in Los Angeles County.
  • Austin v. Stringfellow Toxic tort matter related to the Stringfellow site.
  • Westway Terminal Company v. Envirosource Contribution action for an environmental cleanup in the Port of Los Angeles area.
  • Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. City of Carson CERCLA cost recovery action.
  • Zesati v. City of Los Angeles; Thompson v. City of Los Angeles and Estate of Moralez v. Texaco Toxic tort matters concerning a housing development.
  • Transportation Leasing v. State of California CERCLA cost recovery action. Negotiated the Fourth and Fifth Partial Consent Decrees; collectively eighty million dollars.


  • Alfredo Jiminez Flores, et al. v. RSR Corporation, et al. Toxic tort action brought by approximately 1,400 plaintiffs in Texas concerning hazardous wastes allegedly generated by a recycling operation in El Florido, Mexico. This matter involved issues such as forum non-conveniens, lead exposure, Daubert/Havner, insurance, and related issues.
  • The San Diego Unified Port District v. ExxonMobil Oil Corporation et al. Dispute over the responsibility for the causation, investigation and remediation of the contamination of marine sediments and landside.
  • Philip Services Corporation Georgetown Facility Environmental insurance dispute.
  • Lawry's Foods, Inc. The remediation of the Lawry's California Center.
  • R.T. Nahas v. Unocal Involving RCRA, insurance, contribution allocation, bankruptcy, and property damage issues.
  • Axiom Medical, Inc. v. Accusil, Inc. Products liability case involving catheter blanks used as a surgical drain.
  • Macklanburg-Duncan Co. of California v. C. R. Alexander The cleanup of a National Priorities List site.
  • Security Life of Denver v. Weldon Ferguson A class action involving approximately 9,000 plaintiffs concerning alleged vanishing premium policies and related issues.
  • Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. v. Dart Industries, et al. Involving CERCLA, RCRA, insurance, and various property damage issues.
  • Agron, Inc. v. Chien-Lu Lin, et al. Involving patent infringement and antitrust claims regarding 3-D designs or logos on Adidas caps and related products.
  • Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh et al. (USDC, Western District of Washington at Seattle) Insurance coverage and settlement structure issues concerning a putative class action involving the manufacturing of allegedly defective roof shingles.
  • Laura Buckwald, et al. v. Bankers United Life Assurance Co., Ltd. A class action lawsuit involving approximately 19,000 plaintiffs concerning private pension plans.

Contact Tim

California Office

Watt Plaza
1875 Century Park East, Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Telephone: 310-203-2600
Fax: 310-203-2610 


“Tom [Bloomfield] is an excellent lawyer providing first-rate technical insight with rapid response to problems and requests.  I would highly recommend him.”


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