Monica Browner

Senior Associate

Clients rely on Monica Browner's pragmatism and dynamic approach to complex environmental issues to minimize uncertainty in a constantly changing regulatory landscape. Using her analytical skills and knowledge of state and federal environmental law, Monica helps them navigate a broad range of legal issues including compliance with various environmental laws and regulations.

Monica guides private and public sector clients through the complex web of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. She litigates in both state and federal court and provides compliance advice involving several environmental statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the state statutory counterparts. Monica routinely works with various state regulatory agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board, California Air Resources Board, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), to ensure the best possible outcomes for her clients.

While attending University of Michigan Law School, Monica served as president of the Women Law Students Association and volunteered as a coach for a high school mock trial team. Before law school, Monica helped grow a start-up property management company in the Bay Area from a tiny operation run out of a small garage into a successful 40+ employee company managing millions of dollars in assets throughout California and Washington.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Chemical Industry Council of California
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Group
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • University of Michigan Law School, Women Law Students Association, Former President, 2017-2018
  • Counsels clients regarding the applicability of various environmental laws.
  • Assists clients in active litigation, including drafting written discovery, taking and defending depositions, and engaging in pre-trial motion practice.
  • Assisted with facilitating a large settlement with the Department of Toxic Substances Control involving claims for recovery of response costs at various landfills in California.
  • Assisted in representing a chemical manufacturing company in a breach of contract arbitration.
  • Assisted in representing a fireworks company in a complex civil dispute involving allegations of groundwater contamination.
  • Litigated and settled various disputes involving Proposition 65 claims.
  • Assisted client in conducting an environmental compliance audit.
  • Assisted in counseling a client on the current state of water quality trading programs throughout the country.

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Monica is an avid hiker and particularly enjoys the trails in Yosemite National Park. She also loves to travel and has had the privilege of visiting over 20 countries so far.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Chemical Industry Council of California
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Group
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • University of Michigan Law School, Women Law Students Association, Former President, 2017-2018