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Norman A. Dupont

Norman A. Dupont is a partner at Ring Bender, where he practices environmental law including litigation and counseling matters. Mr. Dupont has over 32 years experience in the environmental law field, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (“CERCLA”), the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, amendments to the Solid Waste Disposal Act (“RCRA”), the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Proposition 65 claims, brownfield redevelopment projects, California Hazardous Substance Account Act claims, stormwater discharges from MS4 systems and toxic tort suits alleging common law tort claims.

Mr. Dupont represents both public and private sector clients in a wide range of environmental transactions and litigation matters. Mr. Dupont has substantial trial and appellate court experience and has tried a variety of cases including environmental, antitrust, contract, labor and tort cases in before both judicial officers and juries. Among his recent cases tried to verdict are:

*Bradford v. City of Compton (2016) Jury trial with defense verdict in favor of municipal defendant on labor discrimination/retaliation claims.

*Orange County Water Dist. v. SABIC Innovative Plastics LLC (2013) Bench trial with defense verdict on state Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA) claims alleging groundwater against multiple corporate defendants (appeal pending)

Mr. Dupont is active in the Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources of the ABA, where he currently serves as a member of the governing Council and also a member of the Section’s 2017 Spring Conference planning group. He has previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources publication Trends from 2011-2013. He continues to serve on the editorial board of Trends, and previously served as a co-chair of the Constitutional Law committee of the Section. He is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar’s environmental law sections.

Mr. Dupont has written and lectured extensively on a variety of environmental issues, including recent U.S. Supreme Court cases deciding environmental law and constitutional issues.


“Severe Storms May Be the “New Normal”: But How Do Legal Systems React?”  (Science and Technology Committee Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 1) (November 2016), American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

“Supreme Court Decides Rails to Trails Case: A New Governmental Attorney Estoppel Doctrine or a Case of Revisionist History?” (Trends, Vol. 45, No. 6) (July/August 2014), American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

“Complex Environmental Cases Before the Supreme Court: Just How Do You Explain the ‘Spaghetti-Like’ Matrix?” (American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 43rd Annual Spring Conference) (2014)

“The Court’s 2013 Term and Environmental Law: A Whimper, Not a Bang” (Trends, Vol. 43, No. 1) (September/October 2013)

Federal Preemption of State and Local Environmental Laws” (Chapter 7, Principles of Constitutional Law, American Bar Association) (2011)

“Connecticut v. AEP: The Second Circuit Confirms Standing of States, the City of New York, and Private Land Trusts” (Constitutional Law Committee Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 1) (February 2010)

“The Supreme Court’s environmental case this term: Will it be a “takings” away of beach restoration?” (Trends, Vol. 32, No. 2) (December 2009)

“Supreme Court Sticks to the Narrow Issues on Environmental Cases” (Los Angeles Daily Journal) (June 2009)

“Moving At A Glacial Pace” (Los Angeles Daily Journal) (June 2009)

“NEPA and Climate Change: Are We at the “Tipping Point”?” (Natural Resources & Environment, Volume 23, Number 4, American Bar Association) (Spring 2009)

“Supreme Court Rules on Federal Preemption of State Unfair Practices Act: A Renewed Constitutional Presumption Against Preemption” (ABA, Constitutional Law Committee Newsletter) (2009)

“The Ninth Circuit’s Burlington Northern Decision on Arranger Liability – Don’t Cry ‘CERCLA’ over Spilt Bourbon?” (Environmental Litigation & Toxic Torts, American Bar Association) (2008)

“High Court Leans Left on Environmental Issues” (Massachusetts v. EPA, 127 S. Ct. 1438) (2007)

“The Dormant Commerce Clause and United Haulers – A Constitutional Doctrine on Terminal life Support” (United Haulers Assoc., Inc. v. Oenida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, 550 U.S. __, 127 S. Ct. 1786 (2007) United Haulers)

“Who’s Really Blowing Smoke – Scalia Needs a New Dictionary” (The Recorder) (2007)

“Rapanos and the Ebbing of the Constitutional ‘high water’ Mark for the Commerce Clause Limitation on Federal Wetlands Regulation” (Rapanos v. U.S., 126 S. Ct. 2208, 2220-21) (2006)

“‘Plain Meaning’ Construction of Environmental Statutes” (Natural Resources & Environment, American Bar Association) (2006)

“9th Circuit Sticks to the Clean Water Pragmatism of ‘Rapanos'” (Rapanos v. U.S., 126 S. Ct. 2208, 2220-21) (2006)

“Ruling Hints Roberts Court Isn’t Hide-Bound Conservative” (Los Angeles Daily Journal) (2006)

“New Orleans After Katrina: A Superfund Site?” (Natural Resources & Environment, American Bar Association) (2006)


  • B.A., with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 1975
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1978


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