Norman Dupont

Norman Dupont
Phone: (949) 202-5818
Location: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 220, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Norman Dupont


Norman A. Dupont is a partner at Ring Bender, where he advises public and private clients in environmental matters and a variety of litigation matters.  Mr. Dupont has over 33 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 suits alleging common law tort claims.  Norm is listed as a super lawyer for environmental litigation in the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers® in 2017 and 2018.

Mr. Dupont has tried a variety of cases including environmental, antitrust, contract, labor and tort cases before both in bench trials and before juries. Among his recent cases are:

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

*Orange County Water Dist. v. SABIC Innovative Plastics US, LLC (2013) Bench trial with defense verdict on state Hazardous Substance Account Act (HSAA) claims alleging groundwater against multiple corporate defendants. This decision was reversed in part by Orange County Water Dist. v. SABIC Innovative Plastics, US, LLC, 14 Cal.App.5th 343 (2017).

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. He currently serves as the chair of the webboard responsible for web posting on the Section’s web pages. 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 as a vice-chair to the Section’s Science and Technology Committee.  He is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar’s environmental law sections.

Mr. Dupont actively participates in his community and currently serves as Treasurer for Women Against Gun Violence, a Los Angeles-based education and advocacy group which supports sensible gun regulation in the country’s second largest municipal area.

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

Recent Presentations:

AEHS Foundation: “30th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air—Regulatory Policy Session.”

The Knowledge Group (June 2018): “2018 and The Brave New World:  Federalism for Some; SACM v. SWAMPUM and taking the dusty Gopher”

Association for Environmental Health & Sciences Foundation: 28th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air (March 2018): “Groundwater Contamination Wars in California – Legal & Technical Issues.”

The Knowledge Group (April 2018): “A Comprehensive Guide on the Fundamental Framework of CERCLA: What You Need to Know in 2018 and Beyond.”


Justice Kennedy and environmental water cases: A pragmatic approach to water from a Western perspective (Trends, Vol. 50, No. 1)(September/October 2018) American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

“The New Role of States and Provinces in International Environmental Treaties and Implementation” (Natural Resources & Environment “What’s Next?”) (Spring 2018), American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy & Resources.

“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


  • California