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I am one of the nation’s leading environmental litigators and a recognized expert in soil and groundwater contamination issues. My 28 years of experience has been spread among a wide variety of federal, state and administrative proceedings. I also practice extensively in the areas of business, real estate, and general civil litigation and many of my  cases involve ground-breaking issues. Since 1988, I have been awarded and maintained, the prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell® , in recognition of my skills and expertise, experience, and highest level of professional integrity.

1982, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1988, U.S. Claims Court; 1991, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1997, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 40%
    34 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    34 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    34 years
  4. Business: 15%
    34 years



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Greben & Associates

125 E. De La Guerra St.
Suite. 203
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Greben & Associates

400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1100

Sacramento, CA, 95814-4434



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV RatingN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGreben & Associates2000 - 2010
PartnerScharff & Greben1993 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1982 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
California Dept of Toxic Substance Control v. Payless Cleaners et alFavorable
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Farbricare 2008 Trade ShowRemediation, insurance policies, and legal decisions, current cleanup trends.2008