Emil_A__Macasinag

Senior Counsel

Emil A. Macasinag

Location

10960 Wilshire Boulevard
18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
P (310) 481-7600
F (310) 481-7650

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Emil’s legal experience includes the representation of government entities, corporations, nonprofit environmental groups, and individuals in a variety of litigation and transactional matters. On behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, he has litigated and settled contractual disputes, business tort claims, and large-scale environmental contamination cases. At Wood Smith Henning & Berman, Emil focuses his practice on environmental, intellectual property, and other complex, multi-party commercial litigation. He has extensive experience litigating cases brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”); the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”); the California Hazardous Substances Account Act (“HSAA”); the Clean Water Act (“CWA”); and related Federal and State environmental laws. His IP practice primarily involves the defense of claims brought pursuant to the United States Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Emil also represents individuals and businesses in lawsuits alleging catastrophic injuries and millions of dollars in damages. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and handles environmental matters throughout California and in other states.

Prior to his law career, Emil was a project manager for the Universal Music Group, where his work on digital asset management systems helped to save the company millions in operating costs. His music industry involvement is now oriented around the development of local, independent artists. Emil enjoys playing piano and guitar with bands and solo musicians at venues around Los Angeles and occasionally out of town.

Education

Loyola Law School (J.D., 2007)

University of Georgia (B.A., 2003)

Licensed to Practice in:

California

Practice Areas

Environmental
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  • Litigation before Federal and State courts and administrative agencies brought pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA”), the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act (“HSAA”), the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and common law.
  • Negotiations with Federal, State, and local agencies to investigate and clean up soil and groundwater contamination at steel mills, metal plating businesses, technology manufacturers, dry cleaning operations, transportation depots, businesses utlizing above-ground and underground storage tanks (ASTs and USTs), chemical wholesalers/retailers, landfills, mining operations, and other heavy to light industrial facilities.
  • Sites involving regional contamination by several contaminants of concern (“COCs”) including hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)), perchlorate, trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethyelene (PERC or PCE), total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), arsenic, lead, other metals, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and industrial solvents.
  • Joint defense/prosecution groups, multi-party good faith settlements, contribution protection, and consent decrees, including Federal Court approval of Superfund litigation settlement on behalf of several public and private clients where remediation costs were estimated at over $100 million.
  • Challenges of public agency actions brought under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).
Intellectual Property
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  • Defense of corporations and individuals against claims brought under the US Copyright Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and related laws
Commercial and Business Litigation
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  • Prosecution and defense of claims for breach of contract and fraud.
  • Negotiation and drafting of contracts, commercial lease amendments, and settlement agreements.
Entertainment and New Media
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  • On behalf of artists and producers, negotiation of agreements involving music publishing, licensing, and employment.

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Memberships

Los Angeles County Bar Association (Environmental Law Section)

Defense Research Institute (Intellectual Property Litigation Committee)

Beverly Hills Bar Association

University of Georgia Alumni Association

Member of California Minority Counsel Program

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Awards & Accomplishments

Super Lawyers Magazine “Southern California Rising Star”, 2014 - 2018

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