July 3, 2008

Air Quality Lawyer Peter Mieras Joins Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP (JMBM), one of California's foremost full-service law firms, today announced that Peter Mieras has become of Counsel to JMBM, bringing with him an extensive background in air regulatory matters gained in his position as Chief Prosecutor with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

"Peter's experience of 19 years at the District has provided him with intimate and wide-ranging knowledge and expertise with agency decision-making in areas that affect our clients' businesses," said Benjamin Reznik, Chairman of JMBM's Government, Land Use, Environment and Energy Department (GLUEE). "It's amazing how critical a simple air emissions permit can be to the survival of many companies. Peter's intimate familiarity with such matters will be invaluable to our clients."

As a member of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, Mieras served on the Attorneys' Committee, working closely with executive officers and district counsel from most of the air districts in California on permitting and enforcement issues, legislative matters, and intergovernmental relations with the Air Resources Board and the federal EPA. He is knowledgeable in the policy formation process for emission trading programs, technology advancement, emission reduction credits and other leading-edge climate change issues.

"I am looking forward to applying my skills to the private sector," said Peter Mieras. "My colleagues here at JMBM are involved in very interesting environmental issues for clients that have complex matters, and I am thrilled to join them."

Mieras received his legal education from Western State University College of Law (J.D., 1979) and his undergraduate degree from Whittier College (A.B.,1978). He was a 2006 recipient of the CLAY Award (California Lawyer of the Year) in Environmental Law and is a Past Board Member of both the Pro Bono Foundation and the Center for Law in the Public Interest.

Land Use Lawyer Noel Tapia Also Joins JMBM.

Another recent addition to GLUEE is land use lawyer, Noel Tapia, who joined JMBM as a senior associate. Tapia has expertise in a wide range of land use and zoning issues, including regulatory areas such as CEQA. He is a Board Member of Neighborhood Empowerment and Economic Development and is the immediate past vice-president of the Mexican American Bar Association in Los Angeles. Tapia received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California (1999) and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (1995). Prior to JMBM, he practiced law at Greenberg Traurig.

About Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP and GLUEE

JMBM is a full-service law firm committed to providing clients with results. Throughout its offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County, the Firm's attorneys serve as trusted advisors who understand complex legal and business issues. JMBM's Government, Land Use, Environment and Energy Department (GLUEE) now comprises 23 lawyers who practice full-time in these areas. For more information about JMBM and GLUEE, contact Benjamin Reznik at 310.203.3572 or [email protected]