Jay Tufano

Jay Tufano
Phone: (949) 202-5806
Location: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 220 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Jay Tufano


Jay Tufano practices out of Ring Bender’s Orange County office and Northern California, specializing in environmental, water, and insurance law, as well as commercial litigation.

Jay’s environmental practice involves counseling and representing clients in litigation and negotiations with regulatory agencies regarding compliance with federal statutes such as CERCLA (i.e. Superfund), RCRA, and related state statutes, including California’s HSAA.  He also represents businesses in private cost recovery suits, including groundwater cleanup litigation and actions involving dry  cleaners.

On the transactional side, Jay counsels private developers and public entities in matters involving the sale, acquisition, cleanup, and redevelopment of contaminated properties (i.e. “brownfield redevelopment”).  His expertise includes evaluating potential regulatory risks and site closure requirements, together with risk-mitigation tools such as environmental insurance.  With years of experience in environmental mitigation design, construction, and implementation, Jay offers a valuable technical perspective when collaborating with clients to reach their goals.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in a cleanup and enforcement action involving impacted soil and regional groundwater contamination;
  • 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;
  • Representing a property owner in managing and mitigating PFAS and VOC contaminants;
  • Represented a property owner in multi-party action for cost-recovery and contribution resulting from pollution caused by retail fuel operations;
  • Representing a chemical company in a complex groundwater contamination case in California;

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources – Vice Chair, Regional Reporter (2018-present)

Civic Distinctions

  • Recent Developments in California Environmental Law, Santa Cruz County Bar Association (2021)


  • Chapter contributor, California Environmental Law & Land Use Practice, Chapters 50 and 56 (Daniel P. Selmi & Kenneth A. Manaster) (2016, 2017)
  • Forests & Climate Change Policy: An Analysis of Three REDD-Plus Design Options, CARBON & CLIMATE L. REV. 443 (2012)


  • 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