Christopher T. Johnson

SENIOR COUNSEL
ctjohnson@ww.law

Orange County Office
2301 Dupont Drive, Suite 300, Irvine, CA 92612-7531
T: (949) 475-9200  |  F: (949) 475-9203

Website: wolfewyman.com

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Business Litigation and Counseling
  • Environmental Law

EDUCATION

  • Pepperdine Law School, J.D. (2000)
  • University of Southern California, M.A. in Mathematics (2000)
  • University of Kansas, B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Russian (1984)

BIOGRAPHY

Practice Areas

Mr. Johnson’s practice centers on environmental compliance, regulation, and litigation, with emphasis on hazardous and toxic substances, air quality regulation, and groundwater contamination. He has particular experience with Superfund and hazardous waste laws and regulations, especially the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). He has represented clients before the United States Environmental Protection Agency and California agencies such as its Water Boards, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, as well as other related federal, state, and local permitting and regulatory entities. Mr. Johnson has also overseen and assisted clients with environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Beyond his environmental practice, Mr. Johnson is part of the firm’s general litigation team, representing both public and private clients. Mr. Johnson also focuses his practice on appellate law, and has initiated and defended appeals before federal and California courts.

Mr. Johnson’s notable representative matters include:

• Successfully negotiating a walk-away consent decree from EPA for a former defense contractor for claims for groundwater contamination from perchlorate
• Resolving administrative enforcement action against a battery recycler, resulting in a cooperative relationship between the client and DTSC that resulted in safer and more cost-effective enforcement
• Resolving nuisance claims against a restaurant that utilized expert-developed new protocols approved by the Air Quality Management District
• Defending a major developer from CEQA and Coastal Act claims, allowing for the successful redevelopment of coastal Long Beach
• Developing a cost-effective Supplemental Environmental Project for a foundry and metal ingot producer, resolving long-standing compliance action for air quality issues

Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of Kansas with honors, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, and received his Master of Arts degree in pure mathematics from the University of Southern California.  While at USC, Mr. Johnson served as a student senator and president of the Mathematics Graduate Student Association. In 2000 Mr. Johnson graduated cum laude from Pepperdine Law School. While at Pepperdine, he served as president of the Environmental Law Society, actively participated in moot court and advocacy competitions, and served on law review. Mr. Johnson notably represented President Clinton in Pepperdine’s mock impeachment hearings, which were broadcast on CNN.

For four consecutive years, Mr. Johnson was honored with selection by his peers as a Southern California and Washington D.C. Super Lawyer.

Admitted to Practice

California State Bar
District of Columbia (inactive)
United States Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
All California district courts

Hobbies and Interests

Astronomy, travel, ethnic food, and electronic music