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Deborah J Schmall

Partner, Real Estate Department
San Francisco
101 California Street
Forty-Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA
United States

Fax: 1(415) 856-7105


Deborah J. Schmall is a partner in the Environment and Energy practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's San Francisco office. Ms. Schmall advises and represents petroleum companies, life sciences companies, universities, developers, telecommunications companies, transportation companies, and other entities on a broad range of environmental regulatory, enforcement defense, facility siting and closures, and remediation issues arising under federal environmental laws and their state counterparts, such as CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act (including the banking, acquisition, and trading of emissions credits), the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and others. Among her areas of focus is providing strategic counsel to developers and investors regarding significant brownfield projects, including the redevelopment of former federal facilities. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Schmall served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and as a Trial Attorney with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recognized as one of the leading environmental attorneys in Chambers USA (2004 - present) California, in The Best Lawyers in America (2007 - present), and in International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2007 to present)


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1977

  • Pomona College, B.A., 1974

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent author and lecturer at national conferences

  • Lectured at Stanford, Harvard, USF, and Hastings law schools, as well as for commercial MCLE providers


  • Member and Secretary, Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

  • Member and Secretary, Board of Directors of the Center for Creative Land Recycling

  • Member, DTSC Land Revitalization & Redevelopment Collaborative

  • Founding member and a former Executive Committee member of the California State Bar's Environmental Law Section

  • Former member, Advisory Board of Sustainable Conservation

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