Julia Mata represents clients in both environmental compliance and litigation matters arising under state and federal law. Her environmental litigation experience includes a broad range of disputes, including environmental enforcement, groundwater contamination actions, complex toxic tort, product liability, Proposition 65, and landlord-tenant matters relating to lead-based paint and other environmental concerns.
Julia also advises clients on the environmental compliance issues associated with consumer products and contaminated properties, including the lawful transportation and disposal of solid and hazardous waste. She helps clients navigate the liabilities and obligations associated with abandoned underground storage tanks and other potential nuisances on property they own or are preparing to purchase or sell.
Julia has tried cases in both state and federal courts, and successfully argued summary judgment and other pre-trial motions for her clients. Julia most often represents clients in defense of claims brought against them, but she has also represented companies and individuals as plaintiffs in cases ranging from tort and contract claims concerning environmental issues to constitutional challenges of local environmental ordinances.
Julia’s clients include large chemical and transportation companies, individual property owners, and manufacturers and distributors of consumer and personal products throughout the United States. She has also represented low-income clients as part of the Federal Pro Bono Project and the San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice & Diversity Center.
During law school, Julia interned at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission. Julia also served as an editor of the Hastings Environmental Law Journal and competed with honors for UC Hastings College of the Law (now UC College of the Law San Francisco)’s negotiation and mediation competition team.
As a college student, I remember thinking I wanted to pursue a career in the environment, economics, or law. Now my practice is a great blend of all those interests. Behind my concern about climate change and pollution was an endless set of questions about how societies make decisions about resources and the risks inherent in our modern life. So much of environmental law and litigation is about deciding what level of risk is acceptable, how to avoid harm, and who should pay to address those harms and risks. I find these questions fascinating, and am grateful for the opportunity to help my clients solve the many complex environmental problems they face.
The Fracturing of Chevron Deference (Daily Journal)
By Julia Graeser Mata
July 11, 2016
February 5, 2018 / Julia Graeser, Dave Metres, and Morgan Gilhuly
December 3, 2015 / Brian Haughton and Julia Graeser
WHERE THE LAW AND ENVIRONMENT INTERSECT
Julia counsels clients in the following areas:
- State and federal environmental statutes and regulations, including RCRA, Clean Air Act, Prop. 65, and California hazardous waste law and cap-and-trade regulation
- Advising clients in investigation and remediation of contaminated sites
- Representing clients in defense of claims brought in state and federal courts and administrative enforcement proceedings
AWARDS + ACCOLADES
- CALI Award in Public Lands & Natural Resources
- Northern California Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" (2020-2021)
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (f/k/a as University of California, Hastings College of the Law), J.D., cum laude, 2013
- West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Notes & Comments Editor, 2012-2013
- Pro Bono Honors Society, 2013
Indiana University, B.A., International Studies, 2009
COMMUNITY | OFF HOURS
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers' ELURE Section
- Vice Chair, Executive Committee, 2018
Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental Law Section
American Bar Association
State Bar of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California