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Jay Tufano (4)

Phone: (949) 202-5806

Email: jtufano@ringbenderlaw.com

2 Park Plaza
Suite 550
Irvine, CA 92614


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Jay A. Tufano

Jay Tufano is an associate in Ring Bender’s Orange County office. His practice includes environmental, land use, and energy law, and commercial litigation.

Jay’s environmental practice involves counseling and representing clients in negotiations with regulatory agencies and in litigation regarding compliance with federal statutes such as CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, NEPA, RCRA, and related state laws. With nearly a decade of experience in the environmental sector working with one of the preeminent international providers of remediation technology solutions for brownfields and contaminated sediment, Jay offers a pragmatic approach to problem solving with a deep understanding of environmental mitigation design, construction, and implementation.

Jay also is active in Ring Bender’s commercial litigation practice. He represents and advises clients in a broad range of matters including contract, corporate, and land-use actions.

Prior to joining Ring Bender, Jay practiced at the international law firm, Clyde & Co, where he advised Lloyd’s of London insurers on complex claims arising under architects’ and engineers’ professional-liability policies. Jay’s experience includes extensive analysis of “related claims” issues.

When not practicing law, Jay enjoys ocean sports and adventure seeking with his wife and three boys.


  • Representing a former ship repair company in negotiations with EPA and other potentially responsible parties at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, in both the response cost allocation and NRDA allocation processes;
  • Representing property owner impacted by migration of chlorinated solvents through groundwater in RCRA action;
  • Represented technology company as lead counsel in licensing and manufacturing dispute achieving full settlement for client;
  • Representing agricultural landowner and project developer on regulatory compliance and mitigation controls in connection with discovery of naturally occurring contaminants at site;
  • Representing consortium of agricultural producers in drafting comments and NEPA analysis addressing draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and citing of transmission line project; advocacy resulted in favorable consideration of alternatives supported by client;
  • Defending a chemical company in a complex groundwater contamination case in California;
  • Represented factoring company in fraud and breach of contract action resulting in favorable recovery for client;
  • Represented shopping center owner in prescriptive easement dispute with adjacent landowner;
  • Represented internet domain registrar in federal cybersquatting action resulting in trial verdict in favor of client

Professional Affiliations

  • Eco-Warrior Foundation: 2016 – Present

Civic Distinctions

  • California Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise: Revision Author
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Environmental Protection Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Climate Change Law


  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1997
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 2012


  • California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals